What happened when the earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria?
On February 6, at about 4 am, a massive earthquake hit the Türkiye (previously known as Turkey) and Syria border. It was so strong it was felt as far as Egypt, Cyprus and Iraq, that’s like an earthquake in Sydney being felt in Adelaide. Only nine hours later, another earthquake hit and for weeks, aftershocks were felt. Combined, these two earthquakes and aftershocks caused massive destruction.
Devastatingly, more than 50,000 people died across Türkiye and Syria, and tens of thousands more were injured. With homes and buildings destroyed, those who survived have been left with nowhere to go. The rain, snow, and freezing cold temperatures made the rescue and emergency efforts harder.Learn more about how the earthquakes happened.
5 things you should know about the impact of the earthquakes on children and young people in Türkiye and Syria.
Education for 1.9 million children was disrupted as schools were used to shelter families.
Thousands of homes, schools and health centres were destroyed and left in rubble.
850,000 children lost their homes and were living in classrooms and tents.
UNICEF has provided education, healthcare, shelter, safe water, and mental health support.
The Australian Government sent $18 million to those affected by the earthquakes.
After the devastating earthquakes, the resilience of young people shines bright.
After a disaster, there is always hope. The children and young people of Türkiye and Syria show incredible determination and strength as they rebuild their lives.