Rishi Sunak stated that the UK’s pledge to contribute another PS25m to the relief effort after the catastrophic earthquake in Syria and Turkey will be a vital aid for victims.
According to the Foreign Office, the large amount of overseas aid will be used to fund blankets and tents for families who are left homeless by the cold, as well as ongoing medical support at Turkoglu’s field hospital.
When asked about additional UK aid, said that the PM had spoken to broadcasters and stated: “It’s a terrible tragedy which has occurred and we all are seeing it.”
“Let me begin by saying thank you to all who have given so generously and raised huge amounts of money to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee).
“While the UK government has provided substantial aid, I am happy to announce that we will provide PS25m more financial support.
“This money will be donated to the United Nations, British charities, local charities, and the Turkish authorities.”
He said, “It will provide vital humanitarian assistance on ground, including medical supplies and blankets. It comes on top the support we have already given, including 77 search and rescue teams who have been there for a while.
“We will continue doing everything we can to help and support the ground.
Andrew Mitchell, Minister for Development, said: “As the evolving situation transitions form rescue to recovery, there are thousands of families who have been left homeless by the earthquake. They are crowded into tents and lined up on the streets waiting for hot meals.
“The UK’s priority in humanitarian aid is to reach people who most need it. That is why I am happy to announce this additional funding. It will help ensure that those affected can rebuild their lives.
The death toll from the magnitude 7.8 quakes and 7.5 earthquakes that occurred nine hours apart in south-eastern Turkey northern Syria has surpassed 40,000.
Many homes and parts of cities and towns have been reduced to rubble.
After spending 101 hours trapped under the rubble , a husband and wife with their four children were saved from a collapsed building.
The family survived by hiding in a tiny pocket under a fallen building.
After the earthquake, UK charities teamed up to send emergency supplies to Turkey worth more than PS350,000 to corporate giants.
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The emergency plane left London Heathrow on Tuesday to take Adana with clothes, blankets, and nearly a tonne infant milk powder.
Goods for Good, a Watford-based charity that provides humanitarian aid, worked together with Magen David Adom UK (partner) and the Humanitarian Resources International Foundation (Partner) to secure an aircraft from Virgin Atlantic.
Despite the DEC appeal raising PS74m in donations from doctors, doctors say that more trauma kits, pain relief, and antibiotics are urgently needed for those suffering from crush injuries.
While charities are starting to be granted permission to ship goods to Turkey, surgeons still need supplies like anaesthesia, analgesics, and screws for orthopaedics.
According to the DEC, there is also a shortage in medical professionals who are trained in plastic and reconstructive surgeries. In addition, kidney injuries have led to an increase in demand for dialysis machines as well as specialists in kidney care.