Devastating earthquake hits Turkiye (Turkey) and Syria. The death toll continues to rise with many more feared dead. The aftershocks are as powerful as the earthquake which was one of the strongest to hit these areas in 100 years. Buildings and homes are unsafe with people stranded outside in the freeing temperatures. Please give now to rush emergency aid including food, shelter, hygiene kits, warm weather supplies and cash assistance. Your gift helps us reach thousands of vulnerable people.
At 4:17 am on February 6, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing at least 2,500 people and injuring nearly 9,000. Buildings began to crumble immediately, forcing people to rush out of their homes as quickly as possible - taking little, if anything, with them. At the height of winter, the streets are covered with snow, and so people are left with the choice between being unsafe inside a compromised structure or outside in freezing temperatures.
CARE's team in Turkey (Turkiye) is prepared to launch an initial response with the delivery of essential supplies, like water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials; tents; blankets; food; cash assistance and other emergency items. CARE plans to collaborate with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency to deliver supplies to people in makeshift shelters across Turkey, including schools, mosques and other government-managed shelters.
CARE will also continue our existing cross-border operations to respond to the worst affected areas in Northwest Syria, where on-the-ground teams and partners are working to deliver blankets, food, mattresses, tents and other non-food items to people in need amid harsh weather conditions. CARE has several established partners in the area, as well as established programs and offices. CARE operates four safe spaces for women and girls in the earthquake-affected area.