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UN sends aid to earthquake-affected people in Turkey

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UN sends aid to earthquake-affected people in Turkey

27 October 2011

United Nations agencies said today they have sent relief materials to Turkey to assist those affected by the earthquake that killed hundreds of people on Sunday and damaged thousands houses, rendering thousands of people in south-eastern part of the country homeless.
Rescue teams in Turkey continue their search for people trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake on 23 October 2011

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it has sent 400 winterized family tents, 200 of which arrived in the city of Erzurum yesterday, while the rest were due to be delivered today.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) sent 4,000 tents, 50,000 blankets and 10,000 bed mats, while the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) gave 250 tents.

There are concerns over freezing night-time temperatures and access to safe water and sanitation in the affected area, according to OCHA.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake near the city of Van on Sunday is reported to have killed at least 500 people and injured an estimated 1,600 others, according to figures provided by the Turkish authorities.

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> United Nations (UN).

The General Assembly in session. Photo credit: UN / Eskinder Debebe The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 192 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

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