Turkey 2011

CERF allocates $3.5 million for earthquake-affected populations in Turkey

14 November 2011: On 23 October a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Van Province in southeastern Turkey. The epicenter of the earthquake was the village of Tabanli in Ercis District . The death toll has risen to more than 600 people and over 4,000 injuries have been reported. The Ministry of Education announced that many schools in the area collapsed or had been seriously damaged with schooling interrupted for primary, secondary and university students.

On 25 October, the Government of Turkey noted the need to complement the national response with further international assistance. CERF funding in the amount of $3,484,733 has been allocated to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide time-critical assistance to earthquake-affected populations, focusing on shelter, education and mental health and psychosocial support.
 
UNHCR’s activities will contribute to the emergency relief provided by the Turkish Red Crescent Agency and coordinated by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of the Prime Ministry. With CERF funding, 20,000 persons affected by the earthquake will be provided shelter.
 
UNICEF support will enable up to 1,680 children (or 3,360 in double shifts), of the total 43,329 children whose classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, to resume their studies in a timely manner and in safe and warm learning environments. In addition, all 296,175 schoolchildren and 164,843 children aged 0-5 will be provided with psycho-social support and/or counseling.
 
IOM’s support will ensure that 2,500 earthquake-affected individuals are provided with Non Food Items and kits to ensure protection against extreme winter conditions. In addition, 3,000 earthquake-affected individuals will be provided with psycho-social support and counseling.
 
WHO’s interventions will support the delivery of urgent psychiatric services by local primary health care units to the affected population and provide emergency life-saving traumatic care.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response