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ShelterBox Respond to Turkey Earthquake

By Bob Mowle - Posted on 24 October 2011

ShelterBox report that they are responding to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southeast Turkey on Sunday 23 October, with the epicentre at the village of Tabanli, 20 kilometres north of Van city.  Two hundred people have been reported dead following the collapse of dozens of buildings across the region. Thousands of homes are severely damaged and many more fatalities are expected to be confirmed within the next 24 hours. ShelterBox is liaising with the Turkish Red Crescent Society and other local contacts. Mark Pearson, ShelterBox Field Operations Specialist, who is on his way to the affected area said; ‘One of the biggest problems the population will face will be the numerous aftershocks and a fear of returning to buildings when so many have been destroyed already. As ever our focus is ensuring the most vulnerable are receiving aid as quickly as possible.' Urgent help required Zulfukar Arapoglu, the mayor of Ercis district of Van, told news broadcaster NTV: ‘A lot of buildings have collapsed, many people were killed, but we don't know the number. We are waiting for emergency help, it's very urgent. We need tents urgently and rescue teams. We don't have any ambulances, and we only have one hospital. We have many killed and injured.’

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