UNHCR stands with Türkiye at this difficult time and remains committed to supporting the Turkish authorities in responding to this situation.
While we don’t have a comprehensive picture of the impact of earthquakes yet, we are following up on needs with the authorities and stand ready to provide support and assistance. Through our communication platforms and channels (UNHCR Türkiye HELP page en de UNHCR Türkiye Information Board) we remain available and continue sharing information on assistance and support with persons of concern.
We are reviewing our stockpiles in the country and the region for potential support with humanitarian assistance in Türkiye. The same is also done under OCHA coordination related to the needs of the impacted population in northern Syria.
UNHCR is deeply saddened by the loss of life caused by this devastating earthquake. UNHCR expresses its deepest condolences to all affected and is already sending much-needed supplies to the affected areas and deploying colleagues for support.
UNHCR is also coordinating the response with other UN Agencies and humanitarian actors to deliver assistance and support to those in need in Syria.
UNHCR has temporarily suspended all non-essential activities in its community centres and community-based structures (including outreach volunteers and mobile teams). It will focus/redirect activities towards the earthquake emergency response. This will include the identification and prioritization of needs in affected areas and referrals.
Resources will also be redirected to ensure sufficient psychosocial support for affected persons, with particular attention to the most vulnerable including but not limited to children, people with disabilities and the elderly.