Wednesday 26 October
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The British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help tens of thousands of people left homeless by the recent earthquake in Turkey.
Volunteers and staff from the Turkish Red Crescent – one of the Europe’s best-equipped earthquake response organisations – have been working around the clock for three days to help survivors.
Funds from the British Red Cross appeal will be used to support the work of the Turkish Red Crescent, and help provide thousands of survivors with temporary shelter, including tents and blankets.
“Hundreds of people have been confirmed dead, thousands are injured and tens of thousands of people have been made homeless,” said Katy Attfield, British Red Cross head of disaster management.
“The area affected is mountainous, it’s freezing, and making sure survivors have protection against the elements is vital for keeping them safe.
“The Turkish Red Crescent is doing an incredible job, and as the scale of the disaster becomes clear, there is an important role for us to support them financially and with supplies as they respond to this tragedy.”
To donate to the British Red Cross Turkey Earthquake Appeal, go to:
www.redcross.org.uk/turkeyearthquake or call 0845 054 7202
Cheques, made payable to British Red Cross Turkey Earthquake Appeal, can be sent British Red Cross,Turkey Earthquake Appeal, FREEPOST NAT21787, Paisley, PA1 1BR.
Tesco has already donated £25,000 to the British Red Cross Turkey Earthquake Appeal to support the work of the Turkish Red Crescent.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck Turkey’s eastern province of Van on Sunday 23 October.
The Red Crescent’s efforts are currently focused on search and rescue – and rescuers have pulled survivors from collapsed buildings.
Red Crescent workers have also established soup kitchens and tent camps in Ercis stadium for those whose homes have been destroyed or who are afraid to stay inside due to the many strong aftershocks.
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Notes to editors
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By 24 October, the Red Crescent had deployed 139 staff to the region and many life-saving essentials, including:
425 sleeping bags
1,719 kitchen sets
27,824 bottles of water
1,064 family food parcels
100 tons of various food items
21 mobile kitchens, one mobile bakery and two mobile catering vehicles.
In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world. For more information, visit redcross.org.uk
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.
In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters either overseas or in the UK. For more information, visit redcross.org.uk