Turkey-Syria quake; updates of international aid

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Several governments and international organizations from around the world have come forward to offer support and assistance to central Turkey and northwest Syria.

The countries were hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake recently, and the death toll from the countries has already crossed alarming numbers. First responders, emergency responders, and other authorities have continued to rescue survivors from fallen debris and buildings while they recover the bodies of deceased victims.

Below are some of the relief and support announced by various international governments.


Two US Agency for International Development teams each comprised of 80 people along with search-and-rescue dogs will be assisting in recovering deceased victims and looking for survivors. The teams will head to the southeastern province of Adiyaman to focus on search and rescue.


China has dispatched an earthquake rescue team on Wednesday last week, February 8. The news was confirmed by China’s state broadcaster CCTV. The team will consist of 82 members and four search dogs.

Additionally, the team brought 20 tons of supplies and equipment to help in rescue efforts.


Two teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force of 100 personnel with dogs and equipment are already onsite. Medical teams were readied while relief materials have been sent to Turkey.


Japan dispatched a 73-person rescue team to Turkey with equipment. The team carried life detectors, drills, portable generators, medical kits, and food.


A 76-person search and rescue specialist team with four search dogs was dispatched to Turkey. Additionally, a British emergency medical team will assess the situation.


UAE will set up a field hospital in Turkey. Additionally, it will dispatch search and rescue teams to both Turkey and Syria. UAE also said it would provide urgent relief to Syria’s hardest-hit areas.


Spanish government confirmed it will be sending an A400 military plane with firefighters and equipment. Another Airbus A330 will carry civil defense staff to work with rescuers.

Spain had also sent two warships; Juan Carlos I and Galicia towards Turkey with aid and 500 marines.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia ordered an air bridge to provide relief and aid. The country also organized a campaign through its ‘Sahem’ platform to help Turkey and Syria.


Iraq will be sending civil defense teams to Turkey and Syria with emergency relief and aid supplies.


Qatar is operating relief flights to Turkey to transport search and rescue teams along with vehicles. The country had also set up a field hospital, tents, and other supplies.

Qatar Charity also confirmed that it was distributing 27,000 hot meals in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The charity is also supplying relief items to shelters in Turkey and Syria. The charity group has allocated USD6 million for the first stages of its response.

The country has also dispatched mobile home units to Turkey and Syria. Qatar said it was deploying 10,000 mobile home units in total, while 350 units from this were shipped out on Sunday this week.


Pakistan will be sending two C-130 planes with relief supplies and a 36-person search and rescue team.


Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said the federal civil protection agency will provide camps with emergency shelters and water treatment units. The country was also preparing relief supplies with emergency generators, tents, and blankets.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged USD7.5 million in immediate aid to Turkey and Syria. Trudeau further promised to continue providing support as the situation evolved.


Australia will provide USD7 million in aid. It will also deploy an urban search and rescue team of 72 people to Turkey.


The Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said Italy’s Civil Protection was standing by to contribute support and provide first aid.


Poland’s rescue group HUSAR will dispatch a 76-firemen team with eight rescue dogs.

UN World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO’s network of emergency medical teams has been activated to provide essential health care for the injured and most vulnerable.

European Union

The European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said that the EU’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Center contacted Turkish authorities and activated its emergency Copernicus satellite mapping service to help first responders.


A team of 40 rescuers with three rescue dogs and four to five tons of aid had been sent to Turkey according to Taiwan’s fire department.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that the country was ready to send support. “We are in this moment close to the friendly Turkish people, ready to provide the necessary assistance,” he said.


Russia is ready to send out two IL-76 aircraft with 100 rescuers to Turkey if required.

President Vladimir Putin sent messages to both Turkey and Syria, where Russian troops have continued to support the Syrian military. He expressed condolences to the presidents of both countries and offered support.


Switzerland sent out 80 Swiss Rescue experts with eight search dogs to Turkey.


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