How to help victims of the Turkey and Syria earthquakes

On Monday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey And northern Syria. Soon afterward, another 7.5-magnitude earthquake ripped through the region. There were a number of aftershocks that caused more destruction. The earthquakes reduced concrete buildings to rubble and destroyed homes. The death toll stands at a staggering number of thousands. This is expected to increase as local rescue teams work to reach those buried under the rubble. Many of the areas hardest hit had already been impacted by Syria’s decade-long civil war.

Although aid is beginning to arrive, the blockages and collapsed roads are preventing recovery efforts from being successful. For this week, there are forecasted strong winds, freezing temperatures, snow, and rain, adding to the problem. “It’s now a race against time. Every minute, every hour that passes, the chances of finding survivors alive diminishes,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization told the Wall Street Journal. 

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If you’re trying to figure out how you can be of use to victims affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, there are many organizations worth that will deliver foodDonations are needed to provide water, food, medical assistance, and emergency supplies to those who are in greatest need. Here are some options to help.

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Two earthquakes ripped through Turkey and Northern Syria, killing hundreds and causing huge amounts of destruction

UNICEF According to the company, its immediate focus is on providing safe drinking water for families and children. They’re also working to reunite separated or unaccompanied kids with their parents.


Save the Children’s on-the-ground team will be supporting impacted communities by offering them winter clothing, blankets, emergency kits and more.


Oxfam’s emergency response will include protection, water and sanitation services. Though, they’re working with partner organizations to further assess the region’s immediate and long-term needs.


Global Giving We are accepting donations to provide survivors with food, clean water, and medicine. The contributors will provide temporary housing, shelter, and aid with economic relief efforts.


Turkish Red Crescent is currently assisting with urgent needs that include distributing hot meals, tents and blankets. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent supports search and rescue operations, provides first aid, performs emergency medical evacuations and transports hospitals.


CARE Collecting donations to help provide food, shelter and hygiene kits, cash assistance, and cold weather supplies.


Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) has treated over 600 victims so far and is accepting funding to support evacuation efforts, emergency aid, medical facilities and more.


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