Stockholm, 22 February 2023 (TDI): Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has sent 500 emergency homes to earthquake victims in Turkiye, along with shipments of bedding, mattresses, tents, and electricity.

Sweden has been at the forefront of providing continuous humanitarian assistance to victims since the deadly devastations of the earthquake in Turkiye.

Notably, Sweden is the world’s largest humanitarian donor. It provides the United Nations (UN) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent societies with plentiful funding.

Monetary aid is pivotal to formulating frameworks for capacity building and preparedness to provide an immediate response to a humanitarian crisis, anywhere around the world without any delay.

Also read: IFRC mobilizes Emergency Response in Turkiye, Syria after devastating earthquake

Following the deadly earthquake, Sweden has been actively providing humanitarian support on the ground. It has contributed 117 million Swedish Krona (SEK) to the affected region.

The country has further assisted the IFRC, Red Crescent Societies, and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) with SEK 37 million in extending humanitarian support to earthquake victims.

Sweden’s rescue team in Turkiye

Sweden sent a team of 45 personnel and search and rescue dogs to Turkiye via aircraft on 9th February. The team comprised 5 response team members by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and 40 personnel employed by Swedish Armed Forces.

The Swedish government and relevant authorities are closely monitoring the rescue operations in both Turkiye and Syria. The authorities stand ready to assist earthquake-affected regions and victims in every possible way.

Sweden’s aid for Syria

Sweden has donated food, accommodation, medical care, and ambulances extensively through Islamic Relief and the Swedish Red Cross to Syria.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency has efficiently coordinated facilities of air transport of medical staff, search and rescue teams, and dogs and family tents.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has further donated SEK 80 million in support of Syria. The agency has expedited its relief mission to provide food, medical care, ambulances, and lodging facilities for earthquake victims.