A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has struck north-west Syria and Turkey has left thousands of people without shelter, food and fuel. The earthquake hit areas already in a difficult humanitarian situation and the harsh winter temperatures and the destruction or severe damage to structures – including several hospitals – and roads further complicate humanitarian operations.
The Director of Caritas Syria, explains that “in Syria, earthquake heavily impacted north-west Syria, an area where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance”. Around 5,000 displaced people, mostly women and children, have found shelter in schools and halls. The recorded deaths and injuries continue to rise as the search for missing persons among the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes continues. Hospitals in some of hardest-hit areas were overwhelmed as they worked to treat those injured by the earthquake.