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US Donates $85m for Turkey-Syria Earthquake Assistance

11 February 2023, Saturday
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has guaranteed aid of $85m (£70m) to those affected by the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, with the money set to be used to provide fundamental life-saving relief. This includes allocating vital resources such as shelter, supplies to combat the cold weather, food, water and medical care.

On Thursday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it was sending assistance to the Asia-Pacific region, which has been devastated by an earthquake and tsunami. The aid is intended to provide food, water, shelter and medical supplies to those affected. Additionally, USAID is providing hygiene and sanitation assistance to help keep people safe and healthy. This comes as search and rescue teams from around the world are working to provide aid and assistance to the region, where more than 20,000 people have perished. Without immediate supplies, rescuers fear that even more lives will be lost due to the cold.

Samantha Power, the director of the agency, has already put a Disaster Assistance Response Team (Dart) into operation, stationed in Adiyaman, Adana, and Ankara in Turkey. This group consists of two hundred personnel, among them 159 searchers and rescuers, plus a dozen dogs, and has so far brought over 170,000lbs of equipment, inclusive of devices that can move large amounts of debris.

US troops are in the region to help transport goods by helicopter due to the extensive damage to local roads, Isobel Coleman, deputy director of USAID, informed CBS News on Thursday. She outlined the needs of the earthquake-affected areas, noting that "it's winter so people need shelter, food, water, hygiene".

Governments across the globe have promised to give assistance and send relief teams in light of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that happened on Monday. 

Canada has committed C$10m ($7.4m, £6.1m) and additionally proposed to duplicate this amount as donations. 
Rescuers have also been dispatched from India, Germany, South Korea, Israel and many other countries.
The World Health Organization cautioned on Thursday that there are still a considerable number of individuals surviving in the open, in deteriorating and appalling conditions

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