The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria early Monday has adversely impacted the world’s most vulnerable populations. More than 5,000 people have died, and over twenty thousand were injured.
According to media reports, approximately four million Syrians who rely on humanitarian aid live in the region, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The first earthquake, one of the strongest to hit the region, has impacted a region plagued by a cholera outbreak and harsh winter climate. Freezing winter weather conditions and snowfall in the devastated region have added to the plight of many thousands of people.
Turkey, the world’s biggest refugee host country, is home to 3.6 million Syrian refugees, many of whom live in southeastern Turkey, where the earthquakes struck. The humanitarian situation in Syria, a country suffering under a 12-year civil war, makes a recovery even more hazardous for people there, according to the UN.
Here is a list of aid organizations providing funding, support, and supplies to Turkey and Syria:
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