The 2023 Turkey-Syria Earthquake is a tragedy that has shocked the world. The magnitude 7.8 and 7.6 earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday are classified as “major” on the Richter scale. A first 7.8-magnitude quake struck at 4.17 am (1.17 GMT) on Monday 6th February 2023, near the Turkish city of Gaziantep, home to about 2 million people. It was followed by a 7.5-magnitude tremor and several aftershocks. It was the most powerful earthquake recorded in the region in over a century. The event struck an already fraught region with a new level of devastation, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless and thousands dead. The impact of the earthquake was felt across the region.
Recent reports show that the death toll from the Turkey-Syria earthquakes has risen to more than 15,000. At least 12,391 people have died in Turkey, according to officials, while at least 2,992 have been killed in Syria and the number is increasing with every passing day. The situation is tragic in every sense of the word and hundreds of families are still under the rubble.
The situation is tragic in every sense of the word and hundreds of families are still under the rubble. The scale of the destruction is truly unprecedented and will probably take years to recover from. The humanitarian impact of the earthquake has been immense.
The scale of the destruction is truly unprecedented and will probably take years to recover from. The humanitarian impact of the earthquake has been immense. In addition to the lives that were lost, there are now thousands of people who are homeless and in need of basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. The economic impact is also immense, with businesses destroyed and livelihoods ruined. Another looming threat is the harsh weather, since temperatures in the quake-stricken Turkish cities have plunged to a minimum minus five degrees Celsius in the past few days with overnight averages of -7 expected in Gaziantep.
Satellite imagery shows the massive scale of the challenge for emergency crews over the coming days. They show in vivid detail the breadth of the destruction that has unfolded in towns, cities and villages across the region. In the Turkish city of Nurdağı, close to the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the roofs of many buildings have entirely fallen in. Other structures have crumbled all together.
A three-month state of emergency has been declared in 10 Turkish provinces, and aid agencies have warned of “catastrophic” repercussions in northwest Syria, where millions of vulnerable and displaced people were already relying on humanitarian support.
The reports also suggest that for the most affected area of Syria, infrastructure is to be blamed for high toll. The first reason for the quick collapse of the buildings in the Idlib and Aleppo countryside is the violent attacks these cities suffered, with all kinds of heavy weapons over the past 10 years. The destroyed buildings already had a weak infrastructure. Old buildings in Syria were also built without regard to natural disasters, while some newly built ones did not conform to technical and engineering regulations.
old buildings in Syria were also built without regard to natural disasters, while some newly built ones did not conform to technical and engineering regulations.
After Syria’s government lodged a formal request for aid with the bloc two days after a catastrophic earthquake, The European Union will now be working with the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to get aid to both opposition- and government-controlled areas of Syria. The bloc, a major donor of humanitarian aid to Syria, said it was committed to helping Syrians despite the fact that it has placed the authoritarian president, Bashar al-Assad, and some sectors of the Syrian economy under strict sanctions.
Turkey-Syria Earthquake of 2023 shows the importance of disaster preparedness and emergency response. Governments must ensure that buildings are built to withstand seismic activity and that emergency response plans are in place. Further, the international community must also work to promote regional cooperation in disaster preparedness and response. Thousands of lives have been lost, and the death toll is expected to keep rising. Many more people are in need of urgent medical help. Hundreds of thousands, left without homes, must shelter from the freezing cold.
It should mobilize international aid organizations to provide immediate relief to those in need. In addition, long-term aid must be provided to help people rebuild their homes and businesses.
The scale of the disaster in Turkey and Syria keeps growing and the governments of the two cannot cop on their own. The international community must take action to help those affected by the quake. International aid organizations should be mobilized to provide immediate relief to those in need. In addition, long-term aid must be provided to help people rebuild their homes and businesses. The world must work together to provide emergency relief funds and long-term investment in infrastructure to help communities recover.
Author is a Phd Scholar and visiting faculty at Quaid-i-Azam University. She can be reached on twitter @Nousheen_Ashraf