Ottawa announces $10 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria

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Ottawa announces $10 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria

An aerial photo of Hatay, a city in southern Turkey, in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that also hit Syria.

Ottawa announces that Canada is disbursing an initial “humanitarian response $10 million emergency response to support people in Turkey and Syria following Monday's massive earthquake.

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said on Tuesday that the federal government was conducting a needs assessment for additional assistance on the ground and also considering deploying the Disaster Response Team. of the Canadian Armed Forces, to assist in rescue operations.

Minister Sajjan said Tuesday that with the $50 million in funding Canada has provided for disaster response in Syria, its partners on the ground have already launched emergency response activities.

The death toll from Monday's earthquake tops 6,200 and is expected to decline. increase as search and rescue operations continue.

The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which was followed by strong aftershocks, flattened thousands of buildings in southeastern Turkey and parts of neighboring Syria.

According to Turkish Vice President Faut Oktay, more than 8,000 people have been pulled from the rubble in his country so far, and some 380,000 have taken refuge in hotels and government buildings.