Iraq Earthquake Emergency Appeal
On Sunday 12th November, a huge earthquake struck the mountainous Iran/Iraq border, killing between 400-600 people and injuring more than 7,000. It was the deadliest quake anywhere in the world this year.
In northern Iraq, the earthquake hit the Sulaymaniyah and Halabja Governorates with a magnitude of 7.2, causing chaos and destruction. Thousands of people have lost everything, their homes destroyed and their lives shattered.
Vital infrastructure including schools and hospitals sustained serious damage. Streets have been reduced to rubble and there may be many survivors trapped under the debris, unable to move or even call for help. Around 300 homes have been completely destroyed, forcing vulnerable families to sleep in parks with no protection from the elements.
Human Appeal’s response
Our dedicated team is on the ground in Iraq, providing immediate aid to the victims of this devastating natural disaster. In Darbandikan, the worst-affected town in Iraq, we’ve deployed our mobile medical teams to assist the injured. We’re also carrying out essential damage assessments of homes and public buildings. The town’s hospital has been affected and four schools damaged.
How you can help
Over the coming weeks, we aim to offer immediate aid and long-term development support to as many families as possible. We need your help to rebuild communities and restore stability to the lives of those who have been affected by this terrible disaster.
Just £100 can provide emergency relief to vulnerable families and help to repair homes, schools and the hospital of Dabandikan.
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