TURKEY & SYRIA
Early on Feb. 6th, 2022, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Turkey and Syria. The current death toll is over 41,000, with thousands more injured and millions left homeless without food and other living essentials. The destruction done to residential buildings and infrastructure has devastated many families during the harsh winter season.
The people of Syria, a war-torn country, described the earthquake as a ‘dark hole’ for the people remaining in Syria since the beginning of the war over a decade ago. Meanwhile, Turkey is experiencing the highest death toll from an earthquake since 1999.
LIFE is on the ground, working to distribute emergency aid, which includes food, bottled water and heavy winter blankets to families that have lost their homes as well as hot meals, hygiene kits and medicines to hospitals.
"My heart goes out to the people of Türkiye and Syria in this hour of tragedy" said the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. "The United Nations is fully committed to supporting the response. Our teams are on the ground assessing the needs and providing assistance."