Read the report and actions taken by our two DART’s whilst on the deployment in Türkiye HERE
Disaster Aid UK&Ireland are pleased to announce two of our DARTs (Disaster Aid Response Team) are on site and assessing plans for what assistance we can offer 24/4/2023
On Monday 6 February 2023 an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude, closely followed by another of 7.5, struck South Eastern Türkiye near the border with Syria causing massive damage and loss of life in both countries. Thousands are reported dead and many more are injured, missing or homeless. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that as many as 23 million people may be affected.
Türkiye has declared a three-month state of emergency. Whilst Syria is initially reporting slightly less casualties, historic and ongoing conflicts there will exacerbate the problems and their need will be just as high. Possibly contrary to our conceptions, it is bitterly cold in the area.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland are joining our Disaster Aid International country partners and launching an appeal to help the people of Türkiye and Syria. Members of Disaster Aid International have been in touch with local Rotarians who advise that shelter and warm clothing are among the greatest needs. As Governments and appropriate NGOs respond to the massive and complex disaster phase, we will follow up quickly to assist the survivors with whatever help is appropriate in the next phase.
This is a disaster of almost unprecedented scale across different nations but with your help and generosity allied to our expertise in shelter, safe water and other solutions we can give ‘a hand up, not a handout’ to people who desperately need our help and humanity. Please help us help the people of Türkiye and Syria.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is one of the founding partners of Disaster Aid International (DAI). DAI is an international organisation, involving Rotary Clubs around the world, with the mission to:
- Respond to disasters with the supply of humanitarian aid to the affected communities and/or individuals.
- Work in partnership on humanitarian projects funded by other organisations including Rotary clubs and Rotary districts.
In contrast to many other disaster-response groups, our aim is also to provide an infrastructure that allows affected communities to regain their normal lives.
View video for the role of DARTS
What do DARTs do?:
- Conduct an assessment of the disaster and local needs;
- Coordinate with relevant governments, aid agencies and the affected communities to ensure that aid is deployed where most effective;
- Manage the effective distribution of equipment, tents etc. to the sites of deployment;
- Train members of the local community so that they can be involved in the distribution and deployment of the equipment, tents etc.;
- Work to ensure that deployments are designed to support longer term sustainability;
- Monitor and evaluate our deployments to ensure that both the products we are deploying as well as the means of distribution are relevant, effective and reach out to the most vulnerable.