“19,300 Dead and Thousands Homeless After Devastating Turkey-Syria Earthquake: A Call for Aid”
The recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria has resulted in a staggering death toll of 19,300 and left thousands homeless on the street struggling to survive the bitter cold.
Despite the efforts of the rescue teams, many are still trapped under the rubble, and survivors are calling for immediate evacuation from the devastated area.
The slow relief response and the damage to roads and airports have been identified as major challenges in the efforts to provide aid to the affected regions. The economic cost of the disaster is estimated to be $4 billion.
In the hopes of receiving food, clothing, and shelter, many are flocking around aid trucks, while thousands are spending cold nights outdoors.
The international community has offered support, with the European Union planning to host a Donors’ Conference in March to mobilize funds for the aid efforts.
The situation in Syria is even more dire as the country faces challenges in receiving international aid due to Western sanctions.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake and has deployed 77 national and 13 international medical teams to provide long-term assistance to the victims.
UNESCO has also warned of damage to two World Heritage Sites in the affected regions, highlighting the extent of the disaster. The earthquake serves as a reminder of the need for preparedness and the importance of international cooperation in times of crisis.
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