Two massive earthquakes this year near the Türkiye-Syria border and in central Türkiye have faded from the news. However, the hardship has not ended for vast numbers of people.
Last month, the British Red Cross reported that nearly 2.7 million Turks are still living in tents. That’s in addition to the more than 50,000 people who died and 100,000 injured from the magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes on February 6.
They were followed on February 20 by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake near the city of Antakya.
As a result of the devastating seismic activity, buildings collapsed in many cities and towns, including Adana and Aleppo. They each have populations close to two million.
The earthquakes also wreaked havoc in rural areas, directly impacting an estimated 26 million people.
This weekend in Vancouver, there’s an opportunity for local residents to offer some help. A fundraiser will be held at the York House school gymnasium for earthquake relief in Türkiye.
It’s billed as a “Clothing Sales” event and it will run from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25).
The school’s address is 4176 Alexandra Street (one block west of Granville and between West King Edward and West 26th Avenue) in Vancouver.