Thursday February 16, 2023

Ten days since Türkiye was hit by major earthquakes, Islamic Relief continues supporting those whose lives have been devastated by the disaster.

More than 41,000 people have been confirmed dead, and thousands of buildings have been destroyed.

As one of the few international relief agencies already on the ground in southern Türkiye, Islamic Relief was able to respond quickly. Our teams were delivering aid within hours of the earthquakes.

We began by distributing food, water and shelter to survivors immediately, while also supplying hospitals and health centres elsewhere with essential medical supplies to treat the wounded.

As we continue this essential relief work, Islamic Relief is now also helping to clear rubble from key roads, making it easier for aid to get to those who need it most.

Please consider donating to our Turkey Earthquake Appeal to enable us to continue this vital work.

Supporting people in Türkiye

Authorities say more than 30 million people are affected, and the economic impact of the disaster is reported to be in the billions of dollars. More than 35,000 people in Türkiye have died – although incredibly some survivors continue to be pulled out from under the rubble.

Gradually life is returning in some areas, with some services gradually resuming, shops and markets reopening, and families starting to return to homes marked safe by authorities.

However ongoing water and gas cuts make it hard for people to keep warm as temperatures drop below zero during the night. People sheltering in cars and open spaces are at risk from hypothermia.

We’ve been working in the worst affected areas in Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraş and Hatay. In the first 10 days Islamic Relief‘s work in Türkiye has supported 15,114 households by:

  • Distributing food parcels including essentials such as oil, rice and sugar
  • Providing high-nutrition emergency food such as dates and juice
  • Supplying blankets to keep people warm in the freezing nights

As shops in Türkiye start to reopen we are supplying more people with cash vouchers instead of food aid, so they can buy what they need most from the local markets.

We are now also planning for the next phase of recovery, including repairing damaged schools and water and sewage systems.

Islamic Relief urgently needs your help to support those affected by the earthquakes to meet their immediate and ongoing needs. Donate to our Earthquake Appeal now.

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