Following the massive earthquake that struck southeast Turkey on 23 October, a ShelterBox team is on the ground in the affected area to offer assistance to families in need.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members David Eby (US) and Mark Pearson (UK) arrived in Van, a city close to the epicenter of the earthquake, this morning, 26 October. The Turkish Government has now officially requested international assistance and the team are holding discussions with the authorities and other partners to establish how to get urgently required emergency shelter to those in need.
It is estimated that over 2000 buildings have been destroyed and there have been reports that thousands of people have had to sleep outdoors in freezing temperatures.
David reported, ‘The weather forecast predicts snow in the next few days, so it is essential that appropriate emergency shelter is provided as soon as possible. Families left homeless will suffer in the sub-zero temperatures unless they are provided with warmth and protection.’
ShelterBox tents are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. A purposely designed thermal layer can be added between the inner and outer sheets for extra insulation in extreme conditions. ShelterBox can also provide stoves, groundsheets, blankets and warm clothing for people in need.
As reports of the number of fatalities and the extent of the damage continue to grow, ShelterBox will strive to get aid to the most vulnerable in the shortest time possible.