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QRCS activates Disaster Information Management Center
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has immediately responded to the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that rattled Izmir, western Turkey. It was followed by 883 aftershocks, which raised the number of deaths to 51 and injuries to 896, according to reports of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD). From day 1, QRCS’s Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) was activated, and its representation mission in Turkey was mobilized, to keep updated and timely informed about the situation, in coordination with the Turkish Red Crescent and engaged international humanitarian organizations. Initial needs include emergency shelter (tents, tarpaulins, and repair kits), drinking water, readymade food meals, psychological support, personal hygiene kits, and nonfood items (blankets, winter clothes, and kitchenware). Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of QRCS, is in touch with Dr. Ibrahim Altan, Director-General of the Turkish Red Crescent, to discuss the situation and agree on joint action, in order to help the victims and minimize the negative impact on the local communities. “We are there for the brotherly Turkish people in this calamity,” said Mr. Al-Hammadi. “The leaders and relief officers of both QRCS and the Turkish Red Crescent are working closely together. All our available human and logistic resources are aligned to help the affected families, ensuring rapid delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, especially with the advent of the winter”.