World Vision’s Response to the catastrophic earthquake in Türkiye and Syria


At 4:17 in the morning on 6 February, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck northwestern Turkiye. According to latest reports, this enormous tremor has already caused over 7,200 deaths in both Türkiye,and Syria while over 13,000 are reportedly injured. At least 20 strong aftershocks have also been reported in southern and central Türkiye and will likely continue for the next several days. The damage has been incredible, with dozens of cities and town experiencing severe damage to infrastructure. 

World Vision’s Response 
From early Monday morning World Vision teams have been working in Türkiye and Syria assessing the damage and  helping those affected by this disaster. 
World Vision is already conducting a rapid assessment, and the team is in close contact with the UN and governments to ensure an effective coordinated response. 
Cold and sub-zero temperatures are a real concern – so providing lifesaving non-food items and heating will continue to be a priority. At least 20 medical facilities have been partially or completely damaged. World Vision’s teams on the ground have already begun distributing fuel and heat to shelters holding those who have lost their homes. Key emergency items that will be needed include tents, blankets, mattresses, tarpaulins, heaters and ready to eat food).
World Vision’s immediate areas of response will cover Gaziantep and Sanliurfa in Türkiye, as well as Azaz, Afrin and Idlib, in Northern Syria.

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Reference: Turkey & Syria

For more information, please contact:    
Bernard Zgambo, World Vision Zambia Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Director
Jason Befus, World Vision Zambia Resource Acquisition Director
Sally Namutowe, World Vision Zambia Fundraising Director 
John Hasse, World Vision Zambia National Director