The World Bank has decided to allocate $1.78 billion to Turkey for relief and recovery after the devastating earthquakes. This is stated in a written statement released on Thursday.
“The World Bank today announced $1.78 billion in relief and recovery efforts following the devastating earthquakes and aftershocks in Turkey that caused massive loss of life, injury and extensive destruction in and around southeastern Turkey. The World Bank has also launched a fast-track damage assessment to assess the extent of the disaster and prioritize areas for recovery support, building on its rich international experience in disaster risk management.” — noted in the statement.
An earthquake of magnitude 7.7 struck on Monday in the province of Kahramanmaras in southeastern Turkey. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in 10 provinces of the country and neighboring states, including Syria. According to the latest data, more than 17 thousand people died in Turkey, more than 70 thousand were injured.
In Syria, the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Tartus and Hama, located in the west and northwest of the country, took the brunt of the elements. According to the Ministry of Health of the SAR, more than 1.3 thousand people became victims of the earthquake in the republic, the number of victims exceeded 2.2 thousand.