The search for survivors continues after the earthquake that has already caused more than 5,000 deaths.
More than 5,000 people have died as a result of the succession of earthquakes registered this Monday in the south of Turkey, near the Syrian border. NGOs and international organizations have mobilized to rescue and help the victims.
How can we, the public, help those affected and most vulnerable? Here are a few options:
The Red Cross has already activated on its website the possibility of making donations to help alleviate the effects of the catastrophe. As they explain in a statement, they need collaboration to support the rescue and care of the affected people with health care, psychosocial care, shelter and coverage of basic needs.
Also, the Spanish Red Cross offers the possibility of making donations in other ways:
Telephone: by calling 900 104 971
SMS: sending an SMS with the word TURKEY to 38088 (3€ donation)
Bizum: making an instant bank transfer by phone to 33512
Oxfam Intermón has also set up its humanitarian aid fund. The NGO stresses the urgency of providing aid in the first hours.
You can donate to support their work by following the link below:
Unicef asks for help and makes its Emergency Fund available for donations.
They released the following statement on their social media: “Our immediate priority is to ensure that the children and families affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria receive much needed support”
Follow the link here to donate and support their work: https://www.unicef.es/prensa/miles-de-ninos-en-riesgo-tras-los-devastadores-terremotos-en-turquia-y-siria
Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders has mobilised its teams in Turkey and Syria to deal with needs that, as the NGO explains, are constantly growing:
“Medical centers have been affected and are overwhelmed, and medical staff in northern Syria are working around the clock to respond to the huge number of wounded arriving at health facilities. Since the early hours, our teams have treated some 200 wounded and received 160 fatalities in the centers and clinics we run or support in northern Idlib. Our ambulances are also deployed to assist the population.”
MSF (Médicos Sin Fronteras) has provided immediate support to 23 health centres in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, donating emergency medical kits and supporting with medical staff to reinforce their teams. The medical-humanitarian organisation has activated donations to help all those affected by the earthquake: https://www.msf.es/colabora/dona/fondo_emergencias_turquia_siria?promo_name=donterremotosiriatur&promo_creative=Banner&promo_id=home&promo_position=Lateral%3Cbr%20/%3E
Grupo Atresmedia has been collaborating with the Emergency Committee (EC) since its creation in Spain in 2017, so the group will support the EC through these donation channels:
Transfer to ES24 2100 5731 7202 0035 4082.
Calling 900 595 216
By sending an SMS with the word “JUNTOS” to 28014 or 38014.
The Emergency Committee is activated to support the population affected by the earthquake damage in Syria and Turkey.
The six NGOs that are part of the Emergency Committee are joining forces to raise funds to alleviate the suffering of the affected population in both countries. Faced with this situation, the NGOs that are part of the Emergency Committee (SOS Children’s Villages, Educo, Doctors of the World, Oxfam Intermón, Plan International and World Vision) are making the first assessments and organising their emergency response in the locations where they are present, consisting of shelter, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and health care either directly or through local partners.
Through the Emergency Committee, these NGOs want to jointly channel donations from all those willing to help the population affected by the natural disaster in Turkey and Syria. In this way, NGOs will be able to raise funds more quickly and effectively and save more lives.