At 4:17 in the morning on 6 February, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck northwestern Turkey. According to the latest reports, this enormous tremor has already caused over 16,000 deaths in both Turkey and Syria, while over 20,000 are reportedly injured. At least 20 strong aftershocks have also been reported in southern and central Turkey and will likely continue for the next several days. The damage has been incredible, with dozens of cities and towns experiencing severe damage to infrastructure.
World Vision is already conducting a rapid assessment, and the team is in close contact with the UN and governments to ensure an effective, coordinated response.