Türkiye and Syria Earthquake - ADRA Europe Update

Greatest needs: shelter, healthcare, food and access to water, sanitation and hygiene services

News February 15, 2023

15 February | Latakia, Syria [ADRA Europe with tedNEWS]

The death toll has now surpassed 35,000 in Türkiye* and Northern Syria in the aftermath of the 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes that struck the region in the early hours of Monday 6 February. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that up to  26 million people in Türkiye and Syria could be affected by the disaster, including about five million who are already considered most vulnerable.

ADRA Syria staff have been deployed to the affected areas and are already serving thousands. The greatest needs have been identified as shelter, healthcare and food; as well as access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, to avoid the spread of illnesses such as cholera. It is also a priority to support affected families through the harsh below zero temperatures during winter weeks, and help decongest overcrowding at collective shelters.

Food Supplies

Between 10-12 February 2023, ADRA distributed hot meals in Sports City Shelter, the largest collective shelter in Latakia, Syria. Additionaly, 425 food parcels were distributed in the area, containing sufficient dry and canned food to feed a family for approximately five days. In the city of Aleppo, Syria, nearly 1,400 people were fed; and in Hama, Syria, ADRA is distributing mattresses.

Water and Sanitation 

To repair essential water networks in the vicinity of Latakia, ADRA donated two generators. Additionally, the team is providing assistance to repair the water and sanitation facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will ADRA do to assist refugees, including women and children, in Syria?

The ADRA office in Syria has been assisting refugee families, women, and children for several years. ADRA remains committed to assisting vulnerable communities and families in rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of this disaster.

Does ADRA have an office in the region?

ADRA has a head office in Damascus, Syria, with sub-offices in Homs and Aleppo. ADRA established operations in the country in 2013 to address the urgent needs of the Syrian people.

Can I send clothing, food and other items to help support earthquake victims?

ADRA cannot not accept clothing, food, or other items to support earthquake victims because it is extremely difficult to transport such donations to the crisis areas. The best way to support the victims is to contribute with a financial donation.

How Can I help?

Please support the earthquake response by donating to your local ADRA office at one of the links provided below.

ADRA Croatia                     

ADRA Denmark                

ADRA Finland                    

ADRA Greece                     

ADRA Hungary                 

ADRA Netherlands          

ADRA Norway                  

ADRA Slovenia                

ADRA Sweden                  

ADRA UK         

Thank you!

*Türkiye – since 2021 the country began a push for the wider world to adopt the same spelling and pronunciation.

[Photos: ADRA Europe] The original version of this article was shared on ADRA Europe website.

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