Turkey & Syria – how you can help

An appeal has been launched by the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria.

UK aid agencies – including the British Red Cross, Oxfam and ActionAid – are joining together to raise money.

Funds will go towards medical aid, emergency shelter, food and clean water after the quakes injured thousands.

The appeal will be broadcast on TV on Thursday evening.

More than 15,000 people have died, with that number expected to rise.

Thousands of buildings have been destroyed in the disaster and responders have been searching the rubble for survivors. Many people have lost homes, leaving them without shelter in freezing, winter conditions, the DEC says.

In Syria, some people who were already living in tents after fleeing conflict in the country are now hosting those whose homes have been destroyed by the quake.

The charities say access to clean water is going to be difficult in the coming days, and waterborne diseases will be a hazard.

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