County Council urges support for Turkey and Syria earthquake victims - The Rugby Observer

County Council urges support for Turkey and Syria earthquake victims

A MINUTE’S silence has been held to remember the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria at Warwickshire County Council (WCC).

The council has also shared how residents can send donations to relief appeals to help victims of the earthquake.

More than 21,000 people have died – most of them in Turkey – after Monday’s (February 6) initial 7.8-magnitude tremor and the hundreds of aftershocks that followed.

There have also been fears of a secondary catastrophe, as many people have been made homeless and are lacking shelter, water, fuel and electricity.

​At a meeting of its full Council, WCC members observed a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the tragedy.

Chairman Coun Dave Humphreys said: “On behalf of everyone at Warwickshire County Council, I would like to express our deep condolences for the tragic loss of so many lives by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to all those affected. We know that there are residents in our communities who are worried and anxious about friends and family in the region. We stand with you – and think of all those grieving at this terrible time.

“We stand ready to work with and support the efforts of our local communities to provide help and comfort to those in need.”

UK Government advice is that anyone in the UK concerned about relatives or friends should call the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000. The FCDO has also updated its travel advice webpages for Turkey and Syria.

Residents who wish to offer support to the relief efforts can do so through the organisations listed below. WCC will share details of any Warwickshire organisations on its social media channels when available.

British Red Cross –

Syrian American Medical Society –

Médecins Sans Frontières –

Oxfam GB –

White Helmets –

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