FIDIC statement following the earthquakes in Turkey and northern Syria

06 Feb 2023

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FIDIC is shocked and deeply saddened by the events in Turkey and northern Syria where earthquakes have claimed more than 5,000 lives, with the death toll expected to rise further over the coming days. Our hearts and thoughts are with all those in Turkey and Syria affected by these devastating events and we send our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones.

FIDIC also sends its solidarity and support to its local member association in the region, the Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects (ATCEA). We stand with our colleagues in the ATCEA and also stand by to offer whatever support we can at this difficult time.

FIDIC is heartened by the international community response to this tragedy, which has seen dozens and dozens of countries and many NGOs pledging material and monetary support to Turkey and northern Syria during their hour of need. More than 2,600 personnel from 65 countries have already been sent to the disaster area to assist Turkish rescuers, with more likely to follow. Tragedies like this one bring out the best in our world and FIDIC is confident that global support will ensure that all those affected do not face the challenging days ahead alone.

Much more assistance will be needed going forward as the region looks to recover from the disaster and we trust that the international engineering, construction, and infrastructure community, including the humanitarian relief organisations Red Crescent, RedR International and others, will also be ready to offer their assistance when the time comes.

(Photo: BBC TV).

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