On February 6, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck near the Türkiye-Syria border, the most powerful to hit the region in a century. The disaster has killed tens of thousands of people, injured tens of thousands more, and destroyed buildings across an area that is already dealing with conflict, record levels of displacement, and a dangerous cholera outbreak.
Right now the United Nations and its partners are on the ground delivering lifesaving aid — including food, water, shelter, and medical care.
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Last updated: 3/28/23
In response to this once-in-a-generation disaster, the UN released $25 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to kickstart humanitarian operations. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also activated humanitarian agencies and partners across its network and launched a $1 billion global appeal to fund Türkiye’s recovery and $397 million to assist Syria. In addition to delivering pre-positioned supplies of food, water, medicine, and medical equipment, including first aid and surgical trauma kits, the UN is providing shelter, blankets, psychosocial support, and safe spaces to people left homeless amid freezing temperatures.
The earthquake struck a particularly vulnerable region that is home to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians and Palestinians, most of whom are women and children. The earthquake also damaged a crucial transportation corridor between Syria and Türkiye used by the UN and its partners to deliver international aid, further complicating an already difficult humanitarian response.
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The funding, which covers a three-month-period, will allow aid organizations to swiftly ramp up their operations to support Government-led response efforts in areas that include food security, protection, education, water, and shelter.
The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision by the Syrian president to open two further crossing points on the Turkish border to allow more aid into the country’s stricken northwest.
As UN aid convoys prepared to deliver more relief to quake-hit northwest Syria via two additional land routes from Türkiye, UN humanitarians warned that many thousands of children have likely been killed, while millions more vulnerable people urgently need support.