Van Earthquake Preliminary Emergency Appeal n° MDRTR002


This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 10,421,025 in cash, kind, or services to support the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) to assist 10,000 households (50,000 beneficiaries) for 9 months; the operation will be completed by 30th June 2012. A Final Report will be made available by the end of September 2012.

An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale struck the province of Van in eastern Turkey at 13:41 local time on Sunday, 23rd October 2011. According to the initial assessment made immediately after the quake, 461 people died and more than 1,352 people were injured. Assessments so far also show that 2,262 buildings have been destroyed, rendering tens of thousands of people homeless. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing round the clock.

The Turkish Red Crescent has responded to the disaster immediately, and continues to be involved in the emergency relief efforts. While a number of basic needs are being met, it is obvious that significant humanitarian challenges remain, particularly in ensuring adequate shelter for those most affected.

The Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) has launched a national fundraising campaign, and it is anticipated that there will be a high level of response to their domestic appeal. The present International Federation appeal aims to complement the support being raised within the country as an expression of international concern and solidarity with those affected by this massive disaster. The Turkish Red Crescent is very grateful for all the offers of assistance by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and all sister National Societies.

Based on the current situation, this Preliminary Emergency Appeal focuses on providing support to the Turkish Red Crescent Society to take an appropriate and timely response in delivering assistance and relief in the following sectors: shelter and non-food relief items. Details of the plan of action and budget of this appeal are found in this paper, and they will be adjusted as more information is gathered and the situation develops.