Turkey and Syria earthquake updates: at least 3,800 people confirmed dead after major quakes with number set to rise
UNICEF reports that a recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria has likely resulted in the destruction of thousands of homes.
The organization warns that the displacement of families due to the disaster is particularly concerning, as temperatures in the region often drop below freezing and harsh weather conditions, including snow and freezing rain, are common.
At least 3,830 fatalities have been confirmed and over 5,606 buildings have collapsed in Turkey alone, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency.
UNICEF also believes that hospitals, schools, and other important infrastructure may have been damaged or destroyed.
The organization is working with the Turkish government and Disaster and Emergency Management to address the emerging needs of the affected population and is preparing to support relief efforts in Syria.
UNICEF notes that children in Syria are already facing a complex humanitarian situation, with widespread displacement, a decimated infrastructure, and ongoing conflict exacerbating their vulnerabilities.