Brussels, 8 February 2023 (TDI): European Union (EU) is at the forefront to provide help to people in Turkiye who are badly devastated by the powerful earthquake.

The Southern part of Turkiye and the northern part of Syria were badly jolted on February 6th, 2023. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by 78 aftershocks and another 7.5 magnitude earthquake devastated Turkiye and Syria like anything.

More than 6,000 buildings were turned into rubble and more than 7000 people died. A state of emergency has been declared in 10 provinces of Turkiye. This was the most powerful earthquake which was recorded in Turkiye since 1939.

The Government of Turkiye has since issued a level 4 alarm, calling for international assistance. The death toll and the number of injured people are on the rise continuously.

According to the latest report, more than 40,000 people are injured. The international community is standing with the people in Turkiye and Syria in such a testing time.

Among others, the EU is on the frontline to provide immediate assistance in such a very difficult time.

According to EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) latest tweet, 17 European countries are sending 25 searches and rescue along with emergency medical teams.

These include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Albania, Montenegro, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. A total of 1155 rescuers and 72 searchers reached Turkiye on February 7.

European teams were fully mobilized through the #EUCivilProtection Mechanism on the ground in Türkiye, working round the clock to save lives. The rescue teams are working tirelessly to reach out to the people in times of high need.

People in Turkiye are in high need. It is high time that the International community comes forward and reaches out to people in such a highly testing time.

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Zartasha Niazi
Ms. Zartasha Niazi is Communication, Advocacy, and Media expert who working with development and humanitarian both national and international organizations for the last 13 years. Her areas of expertise include designing and developing robust communications strategies including positioning of social media, storytelling, and filmmaking on both humanitarian and development issues and advocating for the rights of women and marginalized segments of society. During her services to CARE International in Pakistan, she awarded with "Best Communicator Award" from CARE Global. She is currently leading the Action for Impact. Started her career in 2008, She has traveled to Switzerland, and represented Pakistan at United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland several times to advocate and communicate the rights of the marginalized. Through her innovative approach, she initiated various campaigns in different organizations on Gender Equality, Maternal Reproductive Health, and WASH. In addition, she is associated with National Youth Assembly, Women Democratic Front, and Every Women Treaty. Her poetic blog book “Words of Wisdom” was recently published, in which she tried to come up with inspirational quotes and poetry for women's empowerment, humanity, and peace. Her other publications include articles on women empowerment and climate change, Policy Monitor on the implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Human Rights Report 2009 Jammu & Kashmir, FAFEN Fortnightly Newsletter, CARE Quarterly Newsletter, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum weekly bulletin, quarterly newsletter, and monthly reports, Infographics to Eradicate Poverty, Documentaries on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and several research briefs.