TURKEY AND SYRIA EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
Oxfam, together with local partner organisations, need your support to reach people affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria. This is an urgent appeal for assistance.
WHY YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
In the early hours of 6 February, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria, followed by another earthquake soon afterwards. Many thousands of people have been killed. Survivors who have been forced to flee their homes are now facing freezing temperatures. Infrastructure is heavily damaged, and we know that means people will struggle to find safe shelter, water and food.
Oxfam has launched an appeal to support people affected by this disaster. Our teams in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria are working with partner organisations to assess the types of immediate and longer-term support that are needed to help people in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquakes. The emergency response is expected to include water and sanitation, shelter and food support as well as longer-term rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Any donation, big or small, matters right now.
Credit and Image caption - Civil defence workers and residents search through the rubble of collapsed buildings in the town of Harem near the Turkish border, Idlib province, Syria. Copyright © 2023 Shutterstock.
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Credit - Fabeha Monir/Oxfam
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Credit - Kieran Doherty/Oxfam