Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

On February 6, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck southern Turkey and northern Syria. Thousands of people lost their lives and tremendous damage was caused in both countries. Considering the magnitude of this disaster, Swiss Solidarity is appealing for donations.

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Donation status: CHF 31,562,853

A heartfelt thank you to all the donors for their precious support.

Precarious situation on site

The situation after the earthquakes remains challenging. More than 30,000 people lost their lives, thousands were injured. The damage in the two affected countries is immense. The snowfall and low temperatures complicate the work of rescue forces and worsen the situation of people without any shelter. Swiss Solidarity’s Swiss partner organizations are currently coordinating the aid and are continuously evaluating needs and access possibilities. Other partners are already in action due to the conflict in Syria and are distributing essential supplies. Additionally, teams with rescue dogs were sent to Turkey to find survivors under the debris.



Humanitarian priorities

Like any other international humanitarian crises, Swiss solidarity guarantees that the financed projects are executed in compliance with humanitarian principles. Humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence are essential in particular. Swiss Solidarity directly funds their 25 verified Swiss partner organizations and does not support any governmental or civil society initiatives.

Focus on emergency aid

Currently, emergency aid is the focus of the efforts of Swiss Solidarity’s partner organizations on site. The most urgent humanitarian needs at present are access to medical care, food, clean water and shelter to protect against the cold. Further aid will focus on restoring important infrastructure such as drinking water supplies or sanitation facilities.

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