On 24 January, at 20:55, an earthquake took place with the epicenter of Elazığ, Sivrice, measured at a seismic intensity of 6.8. The event sadly has caused loss of life and property. The earthquake was felt in a vast region and it was particularly devastating for the city centers of Elazığ and Malatya provinces. According to the most recent data released by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) earlier today, 31 people have lost their lives and 1466 people were injured. Search and rescue activities are being carried out and there are villages and surrounding areas that are yet to be surveyed through a needs assessment.

Support to Life is in the area, carrying out situation analyses and needs assessments. Our field teams have departed from Şanlıurfa and Diyarbakır and in the early hours of Saturday 25 January, began surveying the disaster area to identify the situation and urgent needs. While AFAD worked in coordination with other civil society organizations in city centers of Elazığ and Malatya; we surveyed surrounding districts, neighborhoods and villages and collected data for our needs assessment. At the same time, our HQ staff got in touch with local authorities such as mukhtars and district administrations so collect situation and needs data from the entirety of the disaster area.

In coordination of AFAD, we are continuing our activities together with other civil society organizations playing an active role. You may reach timely outcomes of our rapid needs assessments via ihtiyacharitasi.org.

Our first report covering the urgent needs and situational analysis of Elazığ Earthquake, Elazığ Malatya Earthquake Sitrep (V1) is accessible on our website.

We would like to invite you to support life, so that we can reach out to more people and deliver more effective aid.

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