Turkey & Syria Earthquake Update

By Larena Tannert

Already around 50,000 people have been killed in the catastrophic earthquake that took place in Turkey and Syria on February 6th. Authorities have reported that thousands are still missing or unaccounted for, and many more are injured and seeking medical care. Millions more are suffering from the wreckage that the massive earthquake left behind on the countries’ infrastructure. Hundreds of thousands have been left homeless. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 and in the days following there were multiple aftershocks that continued to rattle the area. The cost to repair the damages were extremely high and aid donations haven’t met their goals; the U.N. flash appeal for $397.6 million to help Syrian quake victims is 42% funded and the $1 billion appeal for victims in Turkey is only 7.4% funded. According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, this money only covers emergency needs for the next three months. There is expensive equipment and medical supplies required to build additional hospitals and provide food and shelter for the many left starving. Due to the intense damage, there is a large amount of money that is still required to repair Turkey and Syria, and help the people left in need of support and care. The people left standing in the rubble look to the future with unsure eyes. As one survivor comments, “‘This is all new to us, we don’t know what the future holds. And there’s always the fear. Our houses have collapsed, what will happen next? We just don’t know.’”