This week's deadly earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria rank among the deadliest and most destructive quakes in recent memory.
The quakes were the deadliest to be recorded globally in more than ten years on Wednesday, when the death toll in the two countries exceeded 11,000 people.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:17 a.m. local time on Monday in the province of Karamanmaras in southern Türkiye. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck more than 60 miles away hours later. Both quakes were followed by a large number of severe aftershocks that persisted into Tuesday.
Over 6,000 buildings were destroyed. There have also been reports of tens of thousands of injuries in addition to the rising dead toll. Rescue personnel from many countries were on the scene Tuesday looking for signs among the wreckage.
After devastating earthquakes caused buildings in Turkey and Syria to fall and put countless people in risk, people woke up to chaos. Volunteers from the Red Cross and Red Crescent are rushing to save victims who are huddled beneath piles of debris during the bitter winter weather.
In order to provide emergency support and help individuals affected by the earthquakes as soon as possible, the Canadian Red Cross and Northern Light Relief Foundation, an AHF member organisation, have teamed up. The Red Cross Red Crescent will use the funds donated to carry out continuing recovery work, emergency relief efforts, and resiliency and preparedness initiatives in affected and nearby communities. Based on changing demands and escalating humanitarian crises, the activities and geographic areas affected may change.
On behalf of the Canadian Red Cross and the Northern Lights Relief Foundation, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your gift.
Your kindness will enable you to offer humanitarian aid to those affected by this catastrophe in Turkey and Syria.