Devastating earthquakes hit Turkish-Syrian border

  • Two powerful back-to-back earthquakes have hit Turkey, sending shockwaves across northern Syria and parts of Lebanon.
  • Freezing temperatures have left thousands exposed to extreme cold and without shelter. Hundreds of people remain trapped under rubble.
  • Our teams are on the ground now, rushing supplies and aid to those who need it most, and working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those affected.
Read our February 6 press release

Country facts

  • Total population: 6.1 million
  • People displaced by crisis: 1.5 million Syrians (1 in 4 people)
  • Rank in Human Development Index: 112 of 191

IRC response

  • Started work in Lebanon: 2012
  • People assisted in 2018: 84,000