Syria-Türkiye earthquake: Food, shelter and medicine among latest aid shipments

Trucks carrying items from the World Food Program (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCRincluding food goods, shelter, sanitation and other supplies.

Most of the trucks, 47, passed through the Bab al-Hawa intersection and the rest passed through Bab al-Salam, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric speak journalist in New York.

Total, 335 trucks or vans had been making the journey from Türkiye to northwestern Syria since February 9, he added.

Medical supplies delivered

Also on Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) transported an additional 34.5 tons of surgical supplies and essential drugs through two border gates.

The WHO said a third charter flight landed in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday carrying 33 tons of medical supplies and equipment to treat injuries, in addition to medicines for chronic diseases, to treat illnesses. description and patient monitor.

Another charter flight is scheduled to arrive on Friday with medical supplies from the carrier’s hub in Dubai, which will be delivered to northwestern Syria from Türkiye.

A nearly $400 million humanitarian appeal for Syria is currently funded by about 27%.

Visit affected people

Meanwhile, in Türkiye, UN Resident Coordinator Alvaro Rodriguez traveled to earthquake-affected areas, meeting with authorities and first responders.

Mr. Rodriguez visited a tent city in Kahramanmaras, where 5,000 people are sheltering.

Mr Dujarric said: “He said he was impressed by the scale of the devastation, but praised the response of the Government, the international community and the Turkish people.

The top aid official was also present in Turkoglu, where he spoke to Syrian families displaced by the earthquake.

United Nations disaster assessment teams remain active in southern Türkiye to assist with coordination of urban search and rescue operations and to assist with needs assessments.

Mr. Dujarric said a liaison group in Ankara is also working with the Turkish authorities, who are leading the response.

The United Nations has launched a $1 million flash appeal to support more than five million people in Türkiye for three months. As of Thursday, it was less than five percent funded.


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