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update: Turkey & Syria
a letter and update from the Executive Director
All of us continue to pray for the people in Turkey and Syria as we hear and watch the impact of the 7.8 earthquake that has devastated so many lives. The death toll numbers continue to rise daily - as of this writing, over 22,000 - and this number is expected to rise with each day. Like many of you this week, my heart has been aching for the people in Syria and Turkey as thousands of families are searching for their loved ones. The winter cold continues to make the recovery efforts even more difficult.
“A crisis within a crisis” is how many of our partners on the ground are describing the devastating earthquake.
Turkey & Syria
supporting partners in earthquake response
Early Monday morning, February 6, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. At least 78 aftershocks have been reported, and a second earthquake nearly as large (7.5) rocked central Turkey not long after. Early analysis shows that the quake was not only quite strong, but also very shallow, which is often more damaging than deeper ones.
Week of Compassion is in close contact with our partners in the region, including colleagues who were coincidentally traveling in the affected area.
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