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Turkish Embassy in Dublin accepting donations for those affected by earthquakes

The Turkish Embassy in Dublin is accepting donations in the wake of the catastrophic Turkey-Syria earthquakes. 

The Embassy has provided a list of items which people can donate to those in need as the rescue operation continues, with thousands of people still trapped under the rubble. 

Suggested donations include winter clothes for adults and children, along with tents, beds, sleeping bags, and mattresses for the displaced. Non-perishable food items, canned food, baby food, nappies and hygiene products are also on the list for those who may wish to help provide aid from Ireland.

The in-kind donations, along with a list of the contents, can be delivered to the Turkish Embassy in Dublin either by post or through in-person drop-off. The donations will then be sent to Turkey through Turkish Airlines, with the Embassy thanking everyone for their help and consideration so far.

The Turkish ambassador Mehmet Hakan Olcay, has said that the embassy will continue accepting donations from the public. Earlier today, three tonnes of aid donated to the embassy was shipped to Turkey, as the death toll climbed to 11,700 in both Turkey and Syria.

Three tonnes of aid donated to the Turkish embassy in Dublin was shipped to Turkey today, following Monday’s earthquakes which have claimed the lives of over 11,700 people in both Turkey and Syria.

Ireland’s Turkish community is rallying to provide assistance to the victims of Monday’s devastating earthquake. As reported by Cork Echo, a load of supplies are due to leave Cork City on Friday morning to be delivered to thousands of survivors. 

Those in the community, including Turkish businessman Evren Ertugrul, the owner of Nostra Restaurant at 4 Marlborough St in Cork City, have organised a shipload of goods including torches, tents, clothes and baby food to be delivered to the stricken region via the Turkish Embassy.

Mr Etugrul told Cork Echo that the situation is “a lot worse than what you have seen on the news”.

“It’s probably one of the worst earthquakes in the last decade. Casualties are already up to 5,000 people, and 20,000 people are missing. Up to 10,000 people are buried under collapsed buildings,” he told the news site earlier this week.

The death toll in the 7.8 and 7.5 earthquake which struck Southern Turkey and Eastern Syria has continued to increase. 8,000 people have been confirmed dead, and over 25,000 have been injured. 

While hope has started to slowly fade, incredible videos from the rescue mission in both countries have emerged, making headlines in recent days.

One image widely shared online showed two children lodged under the remains of their home in Syria, The eldest child could be seen comforting her younger brother as the children lay wedged between the concrete remains of their home. The two children were fortunately rescued after enduring a freezing 36-hour wait.

Others are still being rescued from underneath collapsed buildings following the humanitarian disaster, including one family who survived and were pulled from the rubble in Syria as rescue teams in both countries continue their race against time to find survivors.

Charities which have arranged Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeals include the Irish Red Cross, Oxfam Ireland, and Concern Worldwide, all of whom are accepting Irish Aid and donations.

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