The death toll from the earthquake and its aftershocks in Turkey and Syria is in the region of 16,000, with tens of thousands of people thought to have lost their homes and around 60,000 injured.
In its appeal, the Human Relief Foundation said: “The response and rescue situation has been rapid and ongoing, as the destructive forces unleashed by the quakes become evident in the first light of morning.
🔴 UPDATE: Nearly 16,000 lives have been sadly lost in the Turkey and Syria earthquake, and the numbers are rising as rescue teams continue their efforts.
— Human Relief Foundation (@Human_Relief) February 9, 2023
“Buildings and infrastructure collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands of people, including many Syrian refugees already displaced by conflict, without homes, power and water.
“Both death toll and casualty figures are expected to rise dramatically as emergency services begin take stock of the situation.”
It added: “International aid is urgently required to assist local emergency services to save the lives of those still trapped and provide food and shelter for those displaced by the destruction.
“Human Relief Foundation is ready to mobilise our partners on the ground in Turkey to provide shelter, food, blankets, carpet and fuel to those in desperate need.
“Please donate now to help us help those affected by this terrible situation.”
You can donate to the charity’s appeal by clicking here.
The Ummah Welfare Trust also has an appeal. It has teams in both Turkey and Syria that are already mobilising to help those in need – click here to see the appeal.
The Penny Appeal is also supporting the relief effort – its appeal can be accessed here.
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