Turkey: Catholic Relief Services response to Afyon earthquake

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake was registered at 9:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT) on Sunday, February 3, 2002 and was centered in Bolvadin, in the province of Afyon, 250 km (155 miles) southwest of Turkey's capital, Ankara. Seventy-seven buildings collapsed in the town of Sultandagi and the effects were felt as far away as the capital.
In Eber, a village of about 1,000 people, 15 people were crushed to death in houses made of sun-dried mud bricks and wood. There were 30 aftershocks. 45 persons have been reported dead and nearly More than 300 people reported to be injured. Thousands have been made homeless.

In response to the February 3, 2002 earthquake in the Turkish province of Afyon, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is supporting the relief activities of the International Blue Crescent and Caritas Turkey for the distribution of heaters, gas tubes and sanitation packages to more than 2,000 vulnerable families left homeless. These organizations already have distribution systems in place and are currently distributing other relief items. These same systems are used to distribute the supplies funded by this project. IBC will distribute heaters and gas tubes and Caritas Turkey will distribute sanitary packages, diapers and sanitary napkins. Volunteers from communities affected by the 1999 earthquakes have joined in solidarity with communities currently suffering in the Afyon area.

CRS' will contribute an initial $50,000 to the relief effort in the counties of Deresinek, Cobanlar, Sulumen, Cay, and Sultandagi.

More than 2,000 beneficiaries will be reached with relief supplies.

As of February 7, 2002 partner assessments indicate that immediate relief has not reached all affected persons including food, water, shelter and sanitation supplies.