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Oxfam, British Red Cross launch earthquake appeal for Türkiye, Syria

Oxfam, British Red Cross launch earthquake appeal for Türkiye, Syria
Donations could be made through links on Oxfam, British Red Cross websites

By Nuran Erkul

LONDON (AA) - International charity Oxfam and the British Red Cross have launched earthquake appeal following Monday's powerful earthquakes that hit southern Türkiye.

The earthquakes were also felt in several countries in the region, including Syria.

Oxfam said in a statement that its teams in Türkiye and Syria are assessing, along with partner organizations, the fastest and most appropriate humanitarian efforts to help affected people in the aftermath of Monday's devastating earthquake, the biggest in Türkiye since 1939.

The donation can be made through Oxfam's website. The links to the appeal have also been shared in Oxfam's social media accounts.

"Oxfam KEDV, the Oxfam affiliate in Türkiye, has partnerships with around 80 women's cooperatives in ten Turkish provinces most affected by the quake and is currently assessing response plans with them given the scale of devastation," said the statement.

An Oxfam team is expected to travel to affected areas on Tuesday to conduct assessments, as part of the official National Disaster Response Platform, according to the statement.

The British Red Cross also launched an "emergency appeal" following the quakes.

"The Turkish Red Crescent has launched a crisis response operation and mobilised teams in more than 10 regions across the country, while the Syrian Arab Red Crescent is delivering assistance and support to those in need in the regions of Hama, Aleppo and Lattakia," the British Red Cross said in a statement.

"Together, we are providing emergency first aid and evacuating people to safety."

Early Monday morning, a 7.7 magnitude tremor struck the Pazarcik district of Türkiye's Kahramanmaras province, then about nine hours later, a 7.6 magnitude quake centered in Kahramanmaras’ Elbistan district rocked the region, affecting several other provinces.​​​​​​​

According to Oxfam, the quakes badly hit Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib in Syria that have driven people into street under harsh winter conditions which are expected to drop to zero degrees Celsius.

"Shelter, food, water, fuel, and medical care for those who have been injured are desperately needed. For Syria, this earthquake hits at a time when the highest humanitarian need in the country is at its highest. Over 15m (million) are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and support," Oxfam said.

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