The 7.8 strong earthquake in Turkey caused the collapse of local houses in the disaster area.

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[Reporter Wu Baixuan/Taipei Report] A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Turkey on the 6th. World Vision also launched rescue operations. However, the death toll in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 4,300 so far. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the death toll may exceed 2. Ten thousand people, 10 times that of the 921 earthquake in Taiwan, appealed to the public to donate with love to help them overcome fear and rebuild their homes.

“I woke up from the earthquake and ran to the children’s beds, but the door was far away from me. I didn’t know which child to pick up first and run away.” A World Vision Syria team worker recalled the moment of the earthquake, still lingering in fear Cun: "That one minute felt like the sum of years of helplessness and fear."

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In the early morning of the 6th, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey adjacent to Syria. As of noon today (7th), more than 4,300 people in Turkey and Syria have died, and the current low temperature of the epicenter is minus 6 degrees Celsius, making it difficult for the affected people to survive. WHO officials are worried about death In the face of this serious situation, World Vision has invested in relief work such as material distribution and child protection.

According to the first-hand pictures of the disaster area sent back by the World Vision Syria Response Team, most of the houses are completely or partially collapsed. On-site medical facilities and collective emergency shelters need fuel for heating, power supply, as well as tents, blankets, mattresses, and tarpaulins. , heaters and rations and other materials to keep out the cold and maintain life.

Local staff pointed out that at least 20 medical facilities were partially or completely damaged at the scene, and people were homeless or afraid to go home. However, the temperature was close to zero, and everyone could only sleep on the streets in the rain and snow.

World Vision pointed out that due to the Syrian civil war, the earthquake-stricken areas have received a large number of Syrian refugees in the past 12 years. About 4.1 million people in the north of Syria alone rely on humanitarian aid to survive, and most of them are women and children. Now the earthquake has taken away their only Everything, how to survive in the future is a bigger challenge.

World Vision's immediate relief effort covers Gaziantep and Sanliurfa in Turkey, and Azaz, Afrin and Idli in northern Syria Bu (Idlib) and other places; providing people with life-saving materials, including tents against the severe cold, clothing, blankets, mattresses, tarpaulins, food, and clean and usable water resources; also distributing fuel and heaters to the shelters of disaster victims, Hope to speed up the search and rescue progress.

Li Shaoling, president of World Vision Taiwan, pointed out that the impact of the Turkish earthquake is large, and the WHO estimates that the death toll may reach 20,000. Love, in response to this earthquake relief plan, donations will become the strength of the victims and children in difficult times, accompany them through fear, and have the opportunity to rebuild the future.

Turkey's 7.8 strong earthquake, strange hands are digging rubble and pushing, and rescue operations are launched.

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The 7.8 strong earthquake in Turkey caused damage to houses on both sides of the street, and caused vehicles parked on the roadside to be smashed by rubble.

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A strong earthquake of 7.8 occurred in Turkey on the 6th. Rescuers entered the rubble pile to dig and rescue.

(Photo courtesy of World Vision)