Emergency Earthquake Relief Underway

Syria Earthquake Early Response 2 Credit GOPA DERD
IOCC is meeting the immediate needs of earthquake survivors in Syria and Turkey, alongside partners. (Photos: GOPA-DERD)
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IOCC Also Planning for Long-Term Aid
The devastating earthquakes that struck Syria and Turkey in February took the lives of tens of thousands of men, women, and children. They also destroyed vital infrastructure and resources, including hospitals.
IOCC has worked in Syria since 2002 and has built strong local partnerships. IOCC leveraged those relationships to quickly help survivors in the disaster’s early days—contacting partners in the affected regions to assess needs and determine the most effective response.
An IOCC assessment team in Syria spoke with survivors. One shared, “I am desperate; I don’t know what to do.” Others asked for food and shelter. IOCC’s current focus is on meeting people’s most urgent needs—bedding, hygiene supplies, food, and shelter, plus medical and psychosocial care.
IOCC is also working with local aid organizations in Turkey, and early response includes providing grocery vouchers so survivors can purchase the basics they need, when they need them. In the coming weeks and months, IOCC will work toward developing longer-term programs to help people in Syria and Turkey as they begin to rebuild their lives and communities.
For the latest details on IOCC’s earthquake relief, visit iocc.org/latest.
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