Turkiye and Syria Earthquake
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Turkiye and Syria Earthquake

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Updated 23 May 2023

Oxfam's Response - 3 Months On

Oxfam, together with our partners in Turkiye (Turkey) and Syria, is working to reach nearly 2 million people – 10 per cent of the population affected by the quake – with aid and support so that they can rebuild their lives.


Over the past three months, we reached 24,053 people in the most affected areas, including Gaziantep, Hatay, Sanliurfa, Maras and Osmaniye.  

So far, together with our partners, we:

  • Installed 140 toilets, 59 showers and 16 tapstands in Maras.
  • A second batch of 750 toilets and 175 showers is being prepared for deployment to Maras, Hatay and Gaziantep.
  • Offering 750 meals per day in Gaziantep, Hatay and Sanliurfa.
  • This is being done through the community kitchens we helped establish, which are staffed by women affected by the earthquake.
  • Distributed 2,200 hygiene kits and 930 menstrual pads in Hatay.
  • Hygiene kits include items like bleach, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo and towels.


It will be months, if not years, before these communities can rebuild their lives. That’s why we’re not only looking at immediate rescue efforts, but also long-term needs as this disaster will have deep impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.


In Syria, we have reached 250,133 people with a Syrian national partner in the four impacted governorates: Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia. So far, we have:

  • Trucked safe drinking water to 38,731 people
  • Installed 40 water tanks, benefiting 6,367 people
  • Repaired damaged water systems to ensure 151,532 people have access to clean and safe water in their households
  • Distributed 3,728 hygiene and latrine cleaning kits in shelters to 16,919 people
  • Conducted solid waste management activities in shelters
  • Reached 30,526 people by fixing water taps and toilets, and cleaning sewage in shelters
  • Supported safety checks for 6,200 buildings


Moving forward, we will:

  • DistributeAquatabs and chlorine sachets to prevent against cholera outbreaks.

  • Distribute hygiene and dignity kits, including menstrual pads, flashlights and other supplies to meet the needs of women and girls.

  • Distribute cash to help people purchase what they need with dignity.

  • Rehabilitate damaged bakeries and deliver dry yeast to bakeries.

  • Carry out basic repairs on water infrastructure in Aleppo, Latakia and Hama.



Özge Sağaltici, who survived the earthquake and works for Oxfam KEDV, said: ‘I’m very grateful for the support that’s been given so far but the earthquakes have caused huge damage. It won’t be easy to fix. We will need more human power, and lots of financial support to help us rebuild our lives.’

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In the early hours of 6 February, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkiye and northern Syria – one of the strongest in nearly 100 years. A second earthquake measuring magnitude 7.5 rocked the region. 

The scale of death and devastation is unimaginable and will only continue to rise. Some places have become mass graveyards. Survivors need a roof over their head and food, water, toilets and showers.

If we want to prevent further disasters, we need to support these survivors now. Otherwise, we will have to deal with diseases, and people dying of cold and hunger, which is all preventable.