As the Turkiye-Syria earthquake toll exceeds 24,000, aid is slowly arriving.
On Saturday, international aid began to trickle into regions of Turkey and Syria as rescuers laboured to extricate kids from the rubble in areas devastated by a powerful earthquake that has killed over 24,000 people. The afflicted areas saw a winter freeze, which hindered rescue attempts and added to the misery of millions of people, many of whom were in urgent need of assistance.
After the earthquake, which has left up to 5.3 million people homeless in Syria alone, the UN warned that at least 870,000 people in the two nations urgently required food. Aftershocks from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Monday have increased the death toll and significantly disrupted the lives of survivors.
Fidan Turan, a pensioner in Turkiye’s southern city of Antakya, said, “I can’t conceive where I’ll be tomorrow. When I see the wrecked houses, the bodies, it’s not that I can’t see where I will be in two or three years. She remarked, “We’ve lost 60 members of our extended family.” “Sixty! How shall I put it? God has ordained it.
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In order to supply food rations to at least 590,000 newly displaced persons in Turkey and 284,000 in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme made an appeal for $77 million. It added that out of those, 45,000 were refugees and 545,000 were internally displaced individuals.