Turkey and Syria have suffered devastating earthquakes and aftershocks. Monday’s earthquakes and aftershocks killed thousands. Dozens of countries and organizations came forward, offering rescue efforts in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria. International mobilization and aid since the earthquakes are listed here.
World Bank Contributed $1.78 Billion To Help Turkey And Syria
After a huge earthquake killed over 20,000 people in Turkey and Syria, the World Bank pledged $1.78 billion to aid rescue and recovery. “We are giving immediate support and preparing a rapid evaluation of the urgent and vast requirements on the ground,” said World Bank President David Malpass.
“This will highlight priority regions for the country’s rehabilitation and reconstruction as we prepare activities to assist those needs,” he added. The bank said two current Turkish projects would provide $780 million in Contingent Emergency Response Components. The Washington-based development lender said the aid would repair municipal infrastructure.
The 7.8-magnitude quake injured over 70,000 people in 10 southeastern provinces. The bank also said it was preparing $1 billion in activities to help victims recover and rebuild. Turkey’s demands are “immense and span the whole gamut from relief to rehabilitation,” according to World Bank Country Director Humberto Lopez.
United Nations Also Came Forward To Rescue The Earthquake Victims in Turkey
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed “solidarity” with victims in both nations, saying the U.N. agency was “ready to help give prompt support to the survivors through our field teams wherever possible”. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said U.N. staff were in Turkey and Syria to assess and help.
“We count on the international community to support the thousands of families devastated by this calamity, many of whom were already in severe need of humanitarian aid in difficult-to-access areas.” The WHO sent trauma and emergency surgical kits and activated emergency medical teams.
Major Countries Helping Syria And Turkey Combat Earthquake After Effects
#1 United States
After a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the U.S. pledged $85 million for humanitarian help on Thursday. The U.S. Agency for International Development stated the funds would go to partners on the ground “to deliver urgently needed help for millions of people,” including food, housing, and emergency health services.
USAID stated that the grant would help to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation to avoid disease. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu early Thursday to address NATO alliance needs. Officials said the U.S. supplied rescue crews, generators, water purification devices, and helicopters to Turkey.
USAID said dogs, cameras, and listening devices were used to search Adiyaman for survivors. It stated the U.S. military dispatched Black Hawk and Chinook aircraft to carry supplies after extensive road and bridge damage. The U.S. refuses to deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because Washington wants accountability for civil war violations.
According to a foreign ministry statement, Afghanistan’s Taliban government would send $166,000 to Turkey and Syria to aid the response to this week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Afghanistan is home to one of the U.N.’s largest humanitarian aid programs and serious economic and humanitarian crises.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan announced a relief package of $111,024 and $55,512 to Türkiye and Syria, respectively, based on common humanity and Islamic brotherhood. Algerian newspaper Echorouk El-Yawmi claimed that Algeria deployed 210 tonnes of humanitarian aid and an 89-member civil protection team to Turkey.
The Indian government announced two 100-person National Disaster Response Force teams with trained canine squads and search-and-rescue equipment. In conjunction with Turkish authorities, medical personnel and relief supplies were prepared. A 30-bed field hospital was set up in Adana on Wednesday by two medical aircraft.
CCTV claimed that China sent a rescue team to Adana on Wednesday. 82 people and four search dogs brought 20 tonnes of supplies and equipment. According to CCTV, a Zhejiang-based rescue and search group also sent an advanced team to Turkey. CCTV reports that China will provide emergency aid to Turkey’s first 40 million yuan ($5.9m).
On Tuesday, Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) dispatched 50 rescuers to Turkey. International Search and Rescue Germany sent 42 professionals and seven dogs to Kirikhan, near Syria. Germany is preparing emergency generators, tents, blankets, and water purification equipment.
#6 European Union
E.U. crisis commissioner Janez Lenarcic said 27 search and rescue teams are searching Turkey for survivors. The 1,150 rescuers and 70 dogs came from 19 European nations, including non-EU members Montenegro and Albania. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism helps countries in need request emergency assistance.
Greece sent Turkey a military cargo jet with 21 rescuers, two rescue dogs, a special rescue vehicle, a structural engineer, five physicians, and earthquake planning experts. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised Turkey “urgent help” and condolences. Greece and Turkey have helped each other after disasters despite decades of antagonism.
The Israeli army sent 150 engineers, medics, and relief workers to Turkey for search and rescue. Netanyahu claimed he approved help to Syria after “getting a request” through diplomatic channels since the neighbors have no official contact. Netanyahu told Likud legislators that Israel “got a request from a diplomatic source for humanitarian supplies to Syria.”
Pakistan sent its first rescue troops and aid to Turkey. The prime minister’s office reported that a C-130 plane carrying a Pakistan army search and rescue crew left Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi late Monday. The statement also said a 50-person rescue team and 25 tonnes of relief materials flew to Turkey on Pakistan International Airlines.
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said a second professional rescue team would leave for Turkey. SMART will join a 75-person team in Gaziantep. Doctors and paramedics from the Ministry of Defence will establish a field hospital. Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir said he spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for a detailed update.
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called Turkish President Erdogan to offer his condolences and help for the “sisterly” country “in alleviating the devastating humanitarian implications left by the earthquake,” QNA reported. QNA stated that Qatar was flying search and rescue crews, vehicles, tents, and other supplies to Turkey.
In phone discussions with Bashar al-Assad and Erdogan, Putin vowed to send Russian personnel to both nations. The defense ministry claimed 300 Syrian military troops were aiding the rescue. The emergency ministry is deploying rescuers to Syria. The Turkish president congratulated Vladimir Putin for his quick and heartfelt response.
Turkey and Syria are both facing a very tough time, and it’s the human responsibility of all nations to help them rescue the remaining lives and to help them recover from the losses. May God help the countries recover their losses and the rescuers will safeguard more people.