Turkey, earthquake in Bingöl

Turkey sends aid to people affected by earthquakes in Bingöl

Since an earthquake of almost 6 degrees shook on Sunday this eastern Turkish province causing one death and dozens of injuries, earthquakes have not stopped.

Turkey‘s emergency services continue to assess the damage and send aid to hundreds of people who have been affected by a series of earthquakes that have shaken the eastern province of Bingöl in recent days, causing one death and dozens of injuries as well as numerous material damage to dozens of houses, especially in rural areas.

More than a thousand members of the emergency services, as well as members from the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) have been sent to the area along with 148 vehicles, after that an earthquake of almost 6 degrees accompanied by dozens of aftershocks shook the province on Sunday and Monday. Likewise this Tuesday, a new tremor was registered that reached 4.3 degrees on Richter scale.

As reported by AFAD, in a first phase a 500,000 lira (about 65,000 euros) aid fund has been sent to the province’s government to provide emergency supplies; in addition, 4,308 tents, 7,200 sleeping bags, 3,300 beds and 2,232 portable kitchens have been provided to those affected. 7 mobile phone antennas have also been sent to the area to guarantee communication.

For its part, the Turkish Red Crescent has served 12,500 meals to those affected, and has delivered more than 4,000 food kits and packs, while establishing a field kitchen with capacity for 5,000 people. It is also distributing masks among the inhabitants of the province to guarantee protection against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Affairs has assigned 34 psychologists to the region to assist those affected; while authorities have reported that 30 of the wounded have been discharged from the hospital, while another 4 are still under treatment. After the initial earthquake that reached 5.8 degrees on Sunday, dozens of aftershocks followed, and on Monday another earthquake of 5.4 intensity again caused panic in Bingöl.