Emergency aid delivered to earthquake victims in Turkey

 

A forklift truck loads up with aid for Turkey at UNHCR emergency aid warehouse in Dubai.

Thousands of tents, blankets and sleeping mats are being delivered to the victims of a massive earthquake that struck Turkey a week ago and claimed 600 lives.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says in the city of Van alone, which has a population of about 400, 000 people, many homes have been reduced to rubble or rendered unusable.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says his agency started airlifting relief items to Turkey on Saturday and its fourth and last flight is expected to arrive in the city of Erzurum on Tuesday.

"The aid has been loaded onto trucks for onwards distribution, most likely to the town of Ercis, some 25 kilometres east of Van. Ercis was close to the quake's epicentre and was heavily impacted. UNHCR's emergency relief response for the victims of the earthquake amounts to 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets and 10,000 sleeping mats. According to the Turkish authorities, more than 600 people lost their lives and another 4,000 were injured in the earthquake."

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