Death toll in Turkey earthquake rises above 45,000: UN


The latest statement of the AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency) said that 45,089 people lost their lives and 1,15,000 were injured in the Turkey earthquake, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
A devastating earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale hit southern Turkiye in the early hours of February 6 (4:17 a.m.), with its epicentre in the Pazarcik district of Kahramanmaras province. The earthquake affected the neighbouring provinces of Adiyaman, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Elazig, and Adana, where about 14 million people reside, including about 180,000 Syrian refugees. After 9 hours, a second major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the region, causing additional severe damage and the destruction of damaged buildings.
Aftershocks continued after the Kahramanmaras earthquakes. On February 20, a 6.4 earthquake in Hatay, the epicentre of which was in the Defne district, and a 5.6 magnitude earthquake centering in Malatya on February 27 also caused the collapse of many damaged buildings and added to the death toll.
STL published its previous Situation Report on February 28. Below are listed a number of region-wide developments for the period of February 28 to March 3. According to the ‘2023 Earthquake Displacement’ report prepared by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a total of 2.7 million people left the disaster area.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned of the urgent need for a sustainable short- and long-term response to health, mental health, and psychosocial needs in Turkey and Syria to prevent a second disaster. The Minister of National Education of Turkey announced that 202,817 students affected by the disaster were transferred to other cities.
UNICEF announced that 2.5 million children are in need of urgent humanitarian aid in the disaster zone. The President of Turkiye announced that 2,14,000 buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged and would be demolished immediately.
UN OCHA mapped the sectors and locations of NGOs operational in the earthquake zone. The organisations that operate in the ten sectors can be accessed via the map. The Turkish Government reported that a total of 911,942 people affected by the disaster were provided with psychosocial support at 4 mobile social service centres in the provinces of Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Osmaniye, and Malatya.
It has been officially announced that the payment of 10,000 Turkish lira per household to the disaster-affected people was made to one million families. STL continues its emergency response in the disaster area, namely in Hatay, Adiyaman, Kahramanmaras, Diyarbakir, and Sanliurfa in the sectors of shelter/NFI, WASH, MHPSS, and protection.