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Earthquake in Turkey and SyriaThe wreckage of a collapsed building, Diyarbakir, Turkey. (Photo: VOA courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; public domain.)

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

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How to help people affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Updated February 13, 2023

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey’s Gaziantep Province in the early hours of February 6, followed by multiple aftershocks in the area (including two that registered 6.7 and 6.6 magnitude, respectively) and then a second, 7.5-magnitude earthquake 10 hours later, has left devastation in its wake in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria.

As of the evening of February 13 in the region, over 37,000 people in the two countries were reported dead. Figures for the injured (over 78,000) continue to climb, as do the number of buildings reported to have collapsed (more than 11,000 in Turkey). People displaced by the catastrophic earthquakes are estimated to exceed 300,000 in Syria and 380,000 in Turkey.

Our hearts are with the people of Turkey and Syria and all those who are suffering from the earthquakes. Please consider helping them during this crisis by donating to one of the many organizations working to provide relief, a selection of which follows.

Yours sincerely,
Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies & Global Engagement
Steven Spiegel, Director, Center for Middle East Development
Ali Behdad, Director, Center for Near Eastern Studies
Kaya Menteşoğlu, Manager, Information Systems & Technology

AHBAP (humanitarian group)
Bridge to Turkiye Fund
Campaign by Research Institute on Turkey
Turkey Philanthropy Funds 

International Rescue Committee
Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders
Molham Team
Syrian American Medical Society
White Helmets

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Updated February 13, 2023, 3:10 p.m.