Islamic Relief teams on the ground in southern Türkiye report widespread panic and damage to buildings as two more strong 6.4 and 5.8 earthquakes hit the region this evening (Monday 20th February), just two weeks after the deadly earthquakes that have killed at least 47,000 people so far.
Ahmed Mahmoud, Islamic Relief’s Head of Mission in Türkiye, says:
“Our teams on the ground felt the latest earthquake as they worked this evening. There is widespread panic tonight and the streets are full of people as children and families are leaving their homes as they don’t feel safe. There are reports of people being injured as they jumped from shaking buildings to try and escape. Many people will now have to spend the night outside in the freezing cold with temperatures well below zero.
Islamic Relief has so far provided emergency aid including shelter, medical supplies, food and water to help more than 637,000 people in Türkiye and the wider region since the first earthquakes struck on 6th February.
In Türkiye Islamic Relief is distributing food parcels and hygiene items and providing vouchers for people to buy whatever they need most at local shops and supermarkets.