The Heat: Turkiye and Syria Earthquake

The Heat

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Heartbreak in Turkiye and Syria after a powerful earthquake and multiple aftershocks devastate the region.  

Rescue teams are digging through flattened buildings in search of survivors.  

A massive rescue operation is underway across southeast Turkiye and northern Syria, after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks leveled thousands of buildings. Rescuers are combing through the rubble in search of survivors and working in near-freezing temperatures.

Countries around the world are rushing to send search and rescue teams, equipment and aid.  

Joining the discussion:

  • Madevi Sun-Suon is the Head of Communications and Reporting with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Turkiye.    
  • Filippo Agostino is the Country Representative for Syria with the AVSI Foundation.  
  • Luna Safwan is an independent journalist based in Istanbul.  
  • Yakzan Shishakly is the CEO of the Maram Foundation in Gaziantep.