On February 6, 2023, multiple earthquakes shook the Turkish-Syrian border region. Media report more than 50,000 dead and even more injured in both countries. The epicenter of the initial earthquake was in southeastern Türkiye near the border with northern Syria.
Icy temperatures often prevail here in winter. In several regions, a blanket of snow makes rescue work difficult. People who lost their homes are helpless in the cold.
"Aftershocks shake the region again and again, and therefore many people are staying outside in the cold and sleet because they are afraid to return to their homes," reports Jesco Weickert, Welthungerhilfe's Emergency Aid Coordinator in the region.
The people urgently need support. We are on the ground in the affected regions and are implementing emergency relief measures. Welthungerhilfe has already allocated €1,000,000 in emergency aid for this purpose.
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