A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4:17 am on February 6, the most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. In the hours that followed, at least 78 aftershocks were reported, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude. The earthquake and aftershocks also impacted northwest Syria, where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance.
The death toll continues to rise and the humanitarian response is struggling to ramp up to meet the need among the devastation and winter weather.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already offering hope and healing through its ministry partners. Initial solidarity grants have been released to help provide tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, ready-to-eat meals, and first aid kits to those who have been displaced. You can join others in financially supporting this response by donating to UMCOR Advance #982450. Donations can be given online by clicking here. or by sending a check to West Ohio Conference, 32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085, with ‘Advance #982450’ in the Memo line.
Please join UMCOR in prayer for the many people affected by these devastating earthquakes, including the rescue crews seeking survivors and those caring for the injured and displaced.