UN increases aid to earthquake victims. Last Minute WORLD headlines and events
According to the latest official figures, the United Nations (UN) continues its relief efforts in the region, scaling up after the earthquake that killed 39,672 people in Turkey and 5,814 people in Syria.
The UN has requested $400 million for humanitarian aid in Syria and $1 billion for Turkey.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that humanitarian teams continue their work in the provinces of Malatya, Kahramanmarash, Adiyaman, Gaziantep and Hatay. OCHA, along with its regional partners in Turkey, noted that they delivered food, tents, blankets and other essentials to earthquake victims, as well as medical supplies sent to affected areas.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) donated 20,000 thermal blankets, 12,000 foam mattresses, 19,500 kitchen sets, 12,000 additional food kits, as well as heaters, hygiene materials, winter clothes to the earthquake-hit areas of Turkey. , and 14,300 said they had handed over packages with a family tent, 10,000 tarpaulins, 6,000 thermal blankets and 12,000 hygiene products.
Earthquake relief continues to flow to Syria
UN-affiliated aid organizations have reported that 50,000 families are still in need of tents in the northwestern region of Syria, 88,000 families are still in need of mattresses, thermal blankets and clothing, and hospitals and health centers in the region are overwhelmed and experiencing lack of resources.
It was noted that UN-affiliated relief organizations, together with their local health partners, set up temporary medical facilities and provided psychological, psychological and social support to those affected by the earthquake. It is noted that to date, more than 4,800 people, including the disabled, have received medical assistance in Idlib and Aleppo.
Since the onset of the disaster, UN aid agencies have delivered water carriers to more than 60,000 people in 74 different centers in Syria, and distributed 13,000 tents and 1,500 heaters to earthquake victims.
UN aid agencies continue to deliver earthquake relief supplies from Turkey to northwestern Syria. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), since February 9, 143 trucks with humanitarian aid have been sent to Syria from the Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam border crossings. OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke said: “Aid continued today. It will continue over the weekend, it will continue every day as long as the Syrians need it.”
Fabrizio Carboni, Regional Director of the International Red Cross (ICRC), said he was impressed not only by the scale of the devastation, but also by the loss of families in just 60 seconds.
Speaking to reporters, the ICRC spokesman also called for cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid from Damascus to the northwest, which is largely controlled by the opposition. The official said: “We tried to enter Idlib from the side of the crossing line, but we could not enter. Unfortunately, we have been blocked for now, but we are ready to deliver help.”
Red Cross: “We are working with the Turkish Red Crescent on the ground”
Caroline Holt, Global Director of Operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said the need is great in both Turkey and Syria: “However, the volume of international assistance is picking up by the day. “Shelter, food, bathing in Turkey We are working with the Turkish Red Crescent on the ground to support their health and financial needs.”
The UN Agriculture and Food Organization (FAO) has announced that it will support and assist farmers to restore the production of rural staple foods in earthquake-affected areas. FAO noted that its priority activities are the provision of animal feed, seeds, seedlings, fertilizers, fuel, tools, equipment, animal vaccinations and one to three months of grants.
FAO has announced that it will provide business support to farmers affected by the earthquake in Turkey.
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