+ est. £5432.25
Devastating earthquakes have hit Turkey and Syria killing thousands of people and reducing buildings to rubble. People need help now.
A series of devastating earthquakes have hit southern Turkey (now known as Türkiye) and north-west Syria killing more than 44,000 people and injuring many more. Thousands of buildings, including hospitals and schools, have collapsed and infrastructure has been badly damaged.
The first 7.8 magnitude quake hit in the early hours of the morning when people were sleeping. There have been a number of aftershocks and a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions, with humanitarian needs expected to grow in the coming days. Access to clean water will likely be a challenge, bringing the risk of cholera and other diseases.
DEC charities and their local partners are responding, working with locally-led relief efforts. Immediate priorities are medical treatment for the injured, shelter for those who have lost their homes, heaters for safe spaces and winter kits with blankets, and warm clothes, as well as ensuring people have food and clean water.
People need help now.
£10 could provide blankets for two people [to keep them warm]
£25 could provide [emergency] food for a family for 10 days
£50 could provide emergency shelter for two families
These can be multiplied (eg £100 = shelter for four families)
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