12 Ways to Help After the Deadly Syria-Turkey Earthquake
NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / February 6, 2023 / Civil defense workers and security forces carry an earthquake victim as they search through the wreckage of collapsed buildings in Hama, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful earthquake has caused …
NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / February 6, 2023 / Civil defense workers and security forces carry an earthquake victim as they search through the wreckage of collapsed buildings in Hama, Syria, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. A powerful earthquake has caused significant damage in southeast Turkey and Syria and many casualties are feared. Damage was reported across several Turkish provinces, and rescue teams were being sent from around the country. | AP Photo/Omar Sanadik
By Tess Lowery
At least 2,300 people have died and thousands more have been left injured after two powerful earthquakes struck southern Turkey and northern Syria in the early hours of Monday Feb. 6.
Two quakes with 7.8 and 7.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale have hit both sides of the border within a 12-hour period, sending thousands of buildings, hospitals, and schools crumbling as strong aftershocks continued to pummel the area.
Rescue workers and local residents across the region are now desperately searching through the urban remains in an attempt to find survivors buried beneath the rubble.
"There was screaming everywhere," one 30-year-old man told Reuters. "I started pulling rocks away with my hands. We pulled out the injured with friends, but the screaming didn't stop."
Health director Ziad Hage Taha said wounded people are "arriving in waves" following the disaster. Strained health facilities and hospitals were quickly filled with the wounded while others had to be evacuated, including a maternity hospital, according to the SAMS medical organization.
The true scale of the damage will become clear as the dust settles but one thing is certain, the two countries need all the help they can get to recover from this catastrophic disaster.
We've compiled a list of international and local NGOs who are supporting those on the ground with emergency aid and noted a few non-monetary ways you can take action to help too.
Donate Money to Global Relief Agencies
1. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
MSF is an international, independent organization that provides medical assistance to people affected by disasters such as the Syria-Turkey earthquake.
On the ground, they are treating patients in their supported hospitals, and their teams have donated emergency medical kits to other facilities in the region. Find out more and donate now.
2. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
SAMS is a global medical relief organization that works on the front lines of crisis relief to save lives. They are providing urgent medical care to the injured at Bab Al Hawa hospital among others. Donate now.