Caritas Arrives in Eastern Turkey After Quake
Survivors gather around a collapsed building in Ercis, near the eastern city of Van, Turkey, 24 Oct. A magnitude 7.2 quake and multiple aftershocks in Turkey have left more than 260 people dead. (photo: CNS/Osman Orsal, Reuters)
25 Oct 2011 by Catholic News Service
ISTANBUL (CNS) — A team from Caritas offices
in Turkey was headed east to assess needs in the region hit
by the Oct. 23 earthquake.
The magnitude 7.2 quake and multiple aftershocks
left more than 260 people dead, but the death toll was
expected to rise as workers shifted through debris. More
than 1,000 people were injured in the quake, which wiped
out sections of the city of Van and the town of Ercis.
A statement from Caritas Internationalis, the
umbrella Caritas agency based in Rome, said, Caritas will assess the needs of people whose homes or livelihoods
have been impacted by the quake. Access to the areas
villages, where many mud-brick homes have collapsed,
may be difficult.
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