A devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southern Turkey on Friday 24 January, killing 41 people, and injuring over 1,600.
Homes were flattened and people were trapped in rubble for hours as temperatures plummet, and snow and sub-zero temperatures are forecast. 45 people have been rescued alive from the rubble, as over 900 aftershocks have continued to hit the region.
Please donate, and help our local team in Turkey continue to provide urgent support to survivors of this shocking tragedy.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, Human Appeal’s local team immediately travelled to Elazig, distributing food and winter blankets, and assessing the damage and needs.
Our team worked through the night, visiting tents, shelters, and mosques to distribute food – including fruit, yoghurt and sandwiches – to 800 survivors and over the last few days we have provided warm blankets to 500 families thanks to your kind donations. Many of those we have met were Syrians, who had already experienced terrible violence once, and were now tragically forced to abandon their homes yet again.
Behesti Ismail, Country Director for Syria and Turkey, described the scenes he witnessed.
“As soon as we heard about the earthquake we set off for Elazig, driving 5 hours through difficult terrain to reach those affected. When we got here, we saw terrible, heart-breaking scenes. Homes are completely destroyed, with possessions and toys strewn across the rubble; families have been forced to find shelter wherever they can.
“24 hours after the quake, a little two-year-old girl was pulled out alive, alhamdulilah.”
With your help, over the coming days we want to provide more food and warm blankets blankets to keep surviving families warm through the freezing weather that is forecast. Right now, temperatures in Elazig range between a high of 5 or 6 degrees in the day, and a bitterly cold -8 at night
Please give generously and help us to continue to provide warmth and comfort to families in tents and shelters trying to survive freezing temperatures.