Devastating Earthquake In Türkiye

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck southern Türkiye, near the Syrian border. Thousands of buildings have collapsed and thousands of people are likely to be homeless.

(Photo Credit: AFP via Getty Images)


Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and northern Syria, killing more than 40,000 people and flattening 20,000 buildings.

Homes have been destroyed or left unsafe and people have been sleeping in the open. Around 23 million people could be affected across the two countries.

To make matters worse, freezing temperatures are presenting an immediate risk to life for people who are too afraid to return home or have no home to go back to.

In northwest Syria many buildings were already damaged by years of civil war, and that’s where some of the worst damage has been reported.

With 3 million people already displaced by the war, Syria is at breaking point. Families are facing harsh living conditions, freezing temperatures and diseases like cholera. They have faced the destruction of war, only to be hit again by these events.


ShelterBox aid has arrived in Türkiye. Tents have arrived in country on a free flight from Turkish Airlines. We’re also providing thousands of blankets and other vital items like mattresses, stoves, and lighting.

Teams are in country working very closely with Rotary partners to get aid to those who need us most. Shelter remains the priority.

This is a hugely complex humanitarian response but we are determined to overcome every hurdle to make sure people get the help they need.

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Our teams are working around the clock to move aid into affected regions of Türkiye. This will be one of the most challenging humanitarian responses the international community have faced in the last decade. The numbers of people directly affect are shocking – behind every statistic are people who need our help.

– Alice Jefferson Head of Emergency Response.

A map of Turkey with a red shockwave near Gaziantep
Map of the earthquake in Turkey.

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