Response to Turkey/Syria Earthquake | United Nations


In the face of this epic disaster, I offer the international community the same kind of support and generosity with which the people of Turkiye and Syria have received, protected and assisted millions of refugees and displaced persons. I urge you to do so. ”

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Turkey/Syria earthquake

A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the Turkish-Syrian border in the early hours of Monday, February 6, 2023, followed by another earthquake of similar intensity. The earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria have wreaked havoc on the region in recent years. Tens of thousands of people were killed and many more injured. Thousands of buildings have collapsed and countless people are exposed to harsh winter conditions. Schools and hospitals were destroyed.

The earthquake occurred as the humanitarian crisis in northwestern Syria was already at its highest level since the conflict began, with 4.1 million people relying on humanitarian assistance to survive.

response on the ground

The United Nations and its agencies have dispatched disaster assessment experts. Coordination of search and rescue teams. We provide emergency supplies, food, medicine, thermal blankets and other life-saving supplies. A UN convoy crossed into northern Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossroads to deliver shelters and relief supplies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered medical supplies to 400,000 people affected by the earthquake. Authorities have warned that medical services must be restored quickly to avoid secondary disasters that could harm more people.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is providing food assistance and plans to feed half a million people in both countries.


The United Nations has released $50 million from its funds. Central Emergency Response Fund Jumpstart the response.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres Said The United Nations is committed to doing more. On 14 February, the United Nations flash appeal Provided $397 million over three months to the people of earthquake-ravaged Syria. A similar appeal against Türkiye is underway.

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