Finland will be sending EUR 1 million within humanitarian assistance to Türkiye plus Syria through the International Federation of Red Cross plus Red Crescent Societies. The support will be used to provide food, shelter, medical products and psychosocial support to the people who lost their houses in the two countries.
Finland’s support will be delivered to the location by the International Federation associated with Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). IFRC has launched emergency is attractive for EUR 70. six million to support affected people in Türkiye and Syria. The collected funds will allow IFRC to provide food, shelter, medical supplies and psychological support, among other help, to people who lost their homes in the two nations. Turkish and Syrian groups of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society are already helping people on the ground, plus Finland supports their work.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs also supports the Finnish Red-colored Cross on an annual schedule to ensure its capacity to quickly mobilise response to unfortunate occurances and crises.
The earthquake struck in the region that is politically fragmented and controlled by many various groups. Moreover, 4. 1 million people in north-western Syria were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Poor communication connections, unreliable electricity provide and collapsed road systems make it difficult to monitor the situation and deliver relief.
In addition to humanitarian support, Finland is sending professionals to Türkiye to assist in rescue and relief work. The experts will be deployed through the EU Civil Protection System: https://intermin.fi/en/-/finland-sends-expert-assistance-to-turkiye-
“The scale of human distress is immense in the region, and fear of aftershocks makes it even worse. Finland wants to help quickly those affected by the devastation. Turkish and Syrian teams of the Red Cross plus Red Crescent Society already are helping people on the ground, such as by providing meals and crisis shelters, and Finland supports their work, ” says Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari .
The rescue hard work was launched quickly following the disastrous earthquake that struck southern Türkiye on Monday six February. More than 5, 500 people died and more compared to 20, 000 were hurt in Türkiye and Syria.
- Lauratuulia Lehtinen, Director, Unit for Humanitarian education Assistance and Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 46 921 2030
- Emmi Mäkelä, Special Adviser to the Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) for Development Cooperation plus Foreign Trade, Ministry with regard to Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 50 473 6694
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