On February 6th, the Southeastern part of Türkey was struck by two massive earthquakes (magnitude of 7.8 and 7.6) followed by multiple powerful aftershocks. The affected region covers ten cities and the north of Syria. It is a disaster of unprecedented scale. Thousands of buildings have collapsed; many roads, even airports and hospitals are severely damaged.
Extreme weather conditions present additional challenges to the survivors and the rescue teams. People under the ruins are facing the possibility of freezing to death before they can be reached.
Search and rescue teams are working extremely hard, but sadly the situation is beyond their capacity due to the number of collapsed buildings and the wide area across which the destruction is spread.
Members and MMA’ers who would like to donate to relief and recovery efforts can do so through https://ahbap.org/disasters-turkey.
Our deepest condolences to the families of all those who have lost lives. Our prayers are with those who are waiting for rescue and everyone affected by this devastating disaster.