The SRTF Launches an Earthquake Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in Northern Aleppo

Türkiye – Friday, 10 February 2023 In an immediate response to the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that hit southern Türkiye and Northern Syria in the early hours of Monday 6th February, the SRTF approved the first part of an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for a EUR 1.3 million to mobilise resources and provide immediate assistance to thousands of vulnerable Syrians now stranded in dire conditions after the deadly earthquake that shook the region. The SRTF is planning additional activities under this ERP.


The approval came just a few days after the earthquake which was followed by multiple aftershocks that left thousands dead, buildings, homes and fragile infrastructure destroyed across Northern Aleppo.


Within 24 hours of the disaster, the SRTF, in cooperation with SPEG & the Syrian Interim Government, had already instructed the free daily distribution of (18 tons/15K packages of bread) to the most affected communities in northern Aleppo. Additionally, the SRTF since then has mobilized its flour mills and bakery to continue its operations and production of bread for the most affected communities.


Moreover, the SRTF-funded hospitals and Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) were mobilised to provide medical care and medication to those who are in need. The available stock of medicines and medical consumables is being distributed to a number of health facilities in Northern Aleppo.  Furthermore, the SRTF COVID Hospital building is now used for women’s hospital after its building was severely damaged during the earthquake.


The first phase of the ERP will include tents, blankets, surgical kits, trauma kits and medical consumables and medication for EUR 1.3 million budget. The SRTF will continue to coordinate with its implementing entities who will be responsible for the delivery and distribution of the immediate assistance.  


In a statement from the SRTF Director General Eng. Hani Khabbaz from quake-stricken areas today, he said: “Today’s devastation heaps further the suffering on millions of Syrians who are already living in displacement, many in camps, and unsafe buildings without sufficient access to basic water, health or electricity services – with women and children most severely affected. We stand in solidarity with our people and will do that we can to provide immediate assistance to ensure they are not alone during this calamity. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones, and extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those affected.”


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