Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Johanniter sends an Assessment Team

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Early this morning, two major earthquakes struck in southern Turkey and northeastern Syria. Hundreds of people died.

Johanniter is sending a three-person assessment team to the affected region. "Their goal is to determine which emergency measures are now most urgently needed in which regions and, if necessary, to identify further assistance," says Magdalena Kilwing, Head of Emergency Response at Johanniter International Assistance. The team will leave for the earthquake zone tomorrow.


Employees in the Middle East are well

Johanniter also has an office in Amman which coordinates projects in the Middle East. "Our staff and their families are doing well. However, the office of our partner in the Turkish city of Gaziantep was destroyed by the earthquake," reports Marie Ann Fernandez, Johanniter Head of Mission in Amman. Johanniter staff from the Amman office are now coordinating the needs of those affected in the region between the fact-finding team and long-term partners.