The British Red Cross Society

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

Following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, we have launched an emergency appeal. Whilst the situation is still developing there are immediate and severe needs for those affected.
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Catastrophic damage and vast humanitarian need in Turkey and 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 and Syria. It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks. On the same day, at 13:24 local time, a second earthquake (M7.5) hit the Elbistan district around 80 miles north of Gaziantep.

Rescuers raced to save people trapped beneath the rubble, and get shelter and support to those in Türkiye and Syria who had lost their homes or were afraid to return inside.. Then, on 20 February, two weeks after the first earthquake, there was another 6.4 magnitude earthquake near Antakya in Türkiye (an area already severely affected by the first earthquakes), again followed by significant aftershocks. More lives were lost as further buildings collapsed.

So far, its been reported that over 45,000 people have died as a result of the earthquakes, with many thousands more injured.

Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent emergency responders have been working tirelessly since day one to help people affected by the earthquakes, providing first aid and essentials like food, water, blankets and shelter. Their teams were already rooted in the local communities, and are providing unique access to the hardest hit areas.

Rescue operations continue but, as time goes on, the focus is now shifting to providing essential support for survivors who have lost their homes, belongings, livelihoods and loved ones.

With thousands of buildings collapsed, and hospitals, roads and infrastructure destroyed, millions of people are in urgent need of help.

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The British Red Cross Society

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RCN Eng/Wales 220949,Scot SC037738, IOM 0752, Jers 430
The British Red Cross, a charity incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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