Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to the press and declared a 3-month state of emergency, in the aftermath of the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes. At the time of writing, more than 33,000 people have tragically lost their lives across Turkey and Syria in what is the most deadly earthquake in over 10 years.
“Turkey’s government has deployed nearly 25,000 search and rescue personnel — and countries around the world have pledged aid, but emergency workers in both countries say they are completely overwhelmed.” - CNBC
Rescue efforts are still underway to search for survivors; Syria in particular isn’t prepared for such a crisis to happen as it has been crippled with war and terrorism for many years, as well as Turkey undergoing their worst economic decline. The first earthquake happened before dawn, when many people would have been sleeping. The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated around 7th February that fatalities could reach as high as 20,000 in the coming days, which the numbers have surpassed this prediction already. 60,000+ aid personnel are currently in the earthquake-hit zone in Turkey, but with the devastation so widespread many are still waiting for help.
Search teams from more than two dozen countries have joined the Turkish emergency personnel, and aid pledges poured in. Aid efforts in Syria have been hampered by the ongoing war and the isolation of the rebel-held region along the border in Syria. - Sky News
The EU has sent more than 1,150 rescue workers along with around 70 rescue dogs to Turkey to provide essential emergency support;
“Ten Urban Search and Rescue teams have been quickly mobilized from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania to support the first responders on the ground,” EU commissioners Josep Borrell and Janez Lenarcic said in a statement. - CNBC
Firstly, we want to send our deepest condolences and we are thinking of all of our friends who are in Turkey and Syria. We also want to praise the aid and support that the world is bringing, as well as the emergency workers in both countries working their absolute hardest. We cannot even begin to imagine the pain and grief the community is going through. As we are a business based across many countries, please see below for how you can provide necessary support and donations:
Oxfam UK: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam-in-action/current-emergencies/turkey-and-syria-earthquake-appeal/?crm_event_code=23IGSGNA02&pscid=ps_ggl_Google+-+Emergencies+-+Turkey-Syria_Earthquake+-+Turkey&gclid=CjwKCAiArY2fBhB9EiwAWqHK6mOcu_bqrMXfvG-0fpgqPUFxBnwlNI0EibRGFh5zlHLB0zVTf1m6choCZn4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
How to donate in the U.S.:
At TyTek Medical we have continued to support many countries worldwide providing our emergency medical supplies, including war-torn countries such as Ukraine. Our supplies were created with the military in mind, to provide quick access to necessary first aid that is user-friendly.
If we can support your business in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss how you can become more medically prepared.Source: Sky News and CNBC