Islamic Relief has launched a €20 million global appeal to support our teams on the ground in Türkiye (Turkey) as they respond to two devastating earthquakes that have caused widespread destruction, claiming close to 20,000 lives and injuring countless more in the region.
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake and 7.5 earthquake hit on 6th February near the south-eastern Turkish cities of Gaziantep and Kahramanmaraş. Over 19,000 deaths have been confirmed so far, and thousands more are still trapped under the rubble.
Tremors were also felt in Cyprus, Egypt, and Lebanon.
Islamic Relief is already on the ground in south-eastern Türkiye. We are distributing food and drink to some of those worst affected in Türkiye (Turkey) and will be providing cash vouchers as markets reopen to enable people to meet their immediate needs. In the afternoon immediately following the quakes, we delivered mattresses, blankets and plastic sheets to three reception centres hosting people who have lost their homes or have been rescued from the rubble.
This is the worst earthquake to hit Türkiye (Turkey) in 20 years. In addition to the rising toll of people killed or seriously injured, close to 6,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed. Turkish authorities say about 13.5 million people have been affected by the quake.
In Türkiye (Turkey) the authorities have set up an air corridor to enable search and rescue teams to reach the zone affected, while approximately 380,000 people have taken refuge in government shelters or hotels, with others huddling in shopping malls, stadiums, mosques, and community centres. Hundreds are taking refuge inside their cars to protect themselves against the cold weather.
This is a developing situation, aftershocks could continue for days or weeks and continue to cause damage to the already fragile infrastructure.
It is expected that the death toll for Türkiye (Turkey) will rise significantly in the coming days.
As the situation deteriorates, we urgently need help to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of those who have been affected: Please support our emergency response. Donate to our Türkiye (Turkey) Earthquake Appeal now.