A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey on February 6, 2023, claiming the lives of more than 40,000 people, destroying at least 6,000 buildings, and tens of thousands of people remaining missing. As of today, over 20 million people have been affected by this disaster, including 7 million children, and approximately 2 million people have lost their homes or have been forced to evacuate. This is the most extensive devastation since the 7.6-magnitude İzmit earthquake in 1999. The strong tremors of the recent quake were felt throughout Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus.
The quake’s epicenter was located 26 km outside Gaziantep, a city far from the southeastern of Istanbul with a population of about 1.06 million. The eastern regions are the most affected, where thousands of Syrian refugees live.
The Turkish Government has issued a Level 4 alarm, calling for international assistance. Northwest Syria is home to around 4.1 million people who rely on humanitarian assistance and have been hit by an ongoing cholera outbreak and harsh winter weather.
Miyamoto Relief will be working closely with businesses, government leaders, technical experts, and other determined stakeholders to do all that we can to help those affected by these earthquakes in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
For those of you around the world reading this message,
Our people and our country need your help.