October 09, 2004

Consolidated Relief Effort in Turkey (August 1999)

Writing about web page http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9908/20/turkey.quake.02/index.html

After the tragic earthquake that shook one of Turkey's largest cities, Istanbul, relief organizations from around the world rushed workers into the country to help civilians and aid Turkey's own rescue workers. The original earthquake measured 7.4, and the ensuing aftershock, 5.0. The city's buildings lay in ruins as it was estimated that 7,000 people have been killed with 34,000 injured. The Turkish government advised people to stay outdoors in fear of another destructive aftershock.
Rescue organizations such as the International Red Cross sent teams of workers to help with the search for victims, clean up as well as distribution of food and water to those left without homes. The Red Cross brought 600 tons of food for the country over the days that followed the quake. They also provided medical equipment and the assistance of doctors from several different countries.

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