On February 6th, 2023, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes struck regions in Turkey and Syria, centered near Gaziantep. As of February 19, the death toll had reached at least 47,000. Two weeks after those initial powerful quakes struck the region, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled Turkey once again on Feb 20, bringing even more trauma and loss. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this series of disasters is one of the worst natural disasters in the region’s history.
The death toll is still rising, thousands of buildings have collapsed, and aftershock earthquakes continue to hit the region. Turkey has issued a level-4 alarm, which includes an international call for help.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the United Nations General Assembly that the UN is mobilizing support for the emergency response, and nations have pledged to help. Even with this, any amount of overseas donation can have a meaningful, and needed, impact. With today’s exchange rates,1 $USD = 18.83 Turkish Lira, 1 € = 20.18 Turkish Lira, and 1 £ = 22.61 Turkish Lira (as of Feb 6, 12.15 pm ET). For your reference, even 1-2 $/€/£ can provide multiple bottles of water to survivors in these regions.
To help support those in need, we have partnered with Paribu to enable donations, in $ALGO, via Needs Map (Ihtiyac Haritasi), a social cooperative that determines urgent needs in the disaster area and ensures aid delivery where it is needed most. Donations made will help provide immediate relief in the form of food, shelter, water, and medicine to help the areas that were hit by the massive earthquake.
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You can read more about Paribu’s disaster support plan and cryptocurrency donation information here.
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