7 Feb. () –
The Government of Australia has announced on Tuesday the delivery of ten million dollars (about 9.3 million euros) in humanitarian aid to those affected by the earthquakes on Monday in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria, which they have left more than 4,800 dead in both countries.
“The Australian Government will provide an initial $10 million in humanitarian aid to those affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria,” said a statement posted on the Australian Foreign Ministry website.
Thus, he has detailed that he will deliver seven million dollars (about 6.5 million euros) to Turkey, with four million (about 3.7 million euros) channeled through the Red Cross and the Red Crescent for the purchase of “food and material such as tents and sheets to help the wounded and evacuees.” “Another three million dollars (about 2.8 million euros) will be allocated when the needs are clearer,” she added.
The Australian Foreign Ministry has pointed out that the other three million dollars will be given to Syria through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for “immediate needs”, including “shelter, drinking water and hygiene, with the focus in women and girls.
“Australia’s aid will go to those most in need. We convey Australia’s deep sympathies to the families and communities who have lost loved ones and to those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected,” he added.
The earthquake has caused more than 3,380 deaths in Turkey, about 770 in the areas of Syria controlled by the Government of Bashar al Assad and another 780 in areas of the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo (northwest) that are in the hands of rebels, according to various balances published in the last few hours.