The northern part of Syria. February 6. Photo: NRC

Syria and Türkiye: Deadly earthquake will worsen humanitarian crisis

Published 06. Feb 2023
Statement by Carsten Hansen, Middle East regional director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), following the earthquake in Syria and Türkiye:

“Our thoughts are with those affected across areas, and with our staff and the people we serve, hit by today’s earthquake. The quake happened at the worst time of night at the worst time of the year.

“This is a disaster that will worsen the suffering of Syrians already struggling with a severe humanitarian crisis. Millions have already been forced to flee by war in the wider region and now many more will be displaced by disaster. In the midst of a winter storm and an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, it is vital that Syrians are not left to face the aftermath on their own.  

“NRC is assessing the situation in order to provide direct support to those most affected across Syria. A massive scale up is needed and our organisation will be part of it. We appeal to the international community for the immediate mobilisation of financial resources to support collective relief efforts in Syria and southern Türkiye. With every minute of delay, there will be lives lost.”

Notes to editors:

  • Large swathes of residential areas have been destroyed or damaged after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Türkiye. The destructive extent of the shock hit a number of cities in Syria, including Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Hamah and Lattakia, including internally displaced people across Syria’s north.
  • The death toll, so far in the hundreds with thousands injured, continues to rise with a large number of people still missing.

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