Turkey Earthquake Appeal
In a bid to provide emergency relief to those who need it most, we have launched a campaign to provide immediate relief to those in Turkey who have fallen victim to this natural disaster
Devastating Earthquakes of 7.8 and 7.5 magnitudes have hit Türkiye (Turkey) and North West Syria
On Monday 6 February at 4:17am local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) near the city of Gaziantep, devastating parts of Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria. It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks. The regions of South East Türkiye (Turkey) and North West Syria. Approximately 13.5 million people have been affected by the disaster.
The first earthquake hit at 4.17am while many were asleep in their homes, tremors were felt as far as Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon. Within 12 hours of the first earthquake and with rescue operations already underway, a second large earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit the region once more. The region has since experienced as many as 100s of aftershocks, one as large as 6.5 magnitude only minutes later.
Turkiye-Syria Earthquake: More than 21,000 people have been confirmed dead. According to latest reports, a combined total of more than 25,000 people have already been confirmed dead across both Turkiye and Syria, with the number rising by the hour.
The situation on the ground is dire. Tens of thousands of people have been reported injured across Syria and Turkiye, with many more trapped in the rubble following the terrifying collapse of infrastructure and almost 8,000 buildings. Millions of internally displaced Syrians are living in camps, and those hit hard by the crisis are entirely reliant on international aid to assist with this emergency. Communications are almost completely down, and health facilities are understaffed and under-resourced. Ongoing rescue operations are taking place in a desperate bid to save lives.
Your donation will be used to reach people in urgent need in the aftermath of the earthquakes. It will provide support and aid that includes:
- Distributing essentials like food water and blankets
- Setting up temporary shelters to support thousands of survivors who are facing freezing conditions
- Providing first aid and crisis support
- Assisting with the rescue efforts and getting people vital medical aid
- Providing psychosocial support to those who have been traumatised
Teams will continue working to ensure that as many survivors as possible have access to the help that they need. Snow and bad weather mean that people who have lost their homes are facing freezing temperatures, so warmth, shelter and sustenance are some of our highest priority.