This Information Bulletin No. 1/2004 is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.
A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit the eastern province of Turkey, close to the Iranian border, at 1:30 am on Friday, 2 July 2004. Initial reports indicate 18 people were killed and 21 people were injured. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Yigincali village of 67 households. The local authorities report injuries and damage in nearby Karabulak and Sag liksuyu villages too. The information was confirmed by the Disaster Operation Centre (or AFOM as it is called in Turkish) of the Turkish Red Crescent Society. According to the preliminary information provided by the local authorities many houses in these villages are severely damaged. Injured people were transfered to State Hospitals in Igdir and Dogubeyazit.
Red Cross and Red Crescent action
The Turkish Red Crescent responded immediately dispatching an emergency response team from the nearby disaster response and logistics centres in Erzurum, Elazig, Van and Mus. The branches in Agri, Dogubeyazit, Igdir, Hamur and Diyadin sent people and relief supplies too.
The emergency relief items that were sent by the Red Crescent to the disaster area include: 330 tents, 610 blankets, 950 individual ratio kits and 400 bottles of water. A team of 23 people with 10 vehicles and two mobile kitchens from the surrounding branches are on the site assist ing people in need.
The regional delegation of the Federation in Ankara is in constant contact with the national society. For the time being no international support has been requested by the national society. However, the delegation will continue to monitor the situation, as the new information continues to come in.
All International Federation Operations seek to adhere to the Code of Conduct and are committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (SPHERE Project) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation website at http://www.ifrc.org For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal.
For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
In the national society: Disaster Operation Centre (AFOM): phone: 90 312 245 45 00
In the Federation delegation in Turkey: Carl Naucler, head of regional delegation, or Ervin Blau, regional programme coordinator and Kelemu Yitbarek regional disaster preparedness delegate, email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com phone: 90 312 441 42 92; fax: 90 312 441 38 66
In Geneva: Sylvie Chevalley, regional officer, Europe department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 41 22 730 4276; fax: 41 22 733 03 95.
All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org