NATO Allies and partners continue to respond to calls for assistance following the devastating earthquakes in February.
In Antakya and Iskenderun, NATO is setting up temporary shelters for 4,000 people left homeless by the earthquakes. The shelters, built by NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency, include heating, power generators and medical treatment areas. The camp in Antakya is on track to welcome 2,400 displaced people by mid-April 2023. NATO Allies also recently agreed to provide temporary housing for an additional 4,000 people in Defne.
As part of a NATO-coordinated air-bridge, Allies and partners have flown around 10,000 tents, blankets and pieces of medical equipment from Pakistan to Türkiye in recent weeks. In early March, France delivered 5,000 tents and thousands of blankets. Thousands of emergency responders from across the Alliance as well as from invitees Finland and Sweden and NATO partner Japan, have been engaged in the initial international relief efforts. Allied armed forces have also set up field clinics in Türkiye for quake victims. The earthquakes that struck Türkiye earlier this year were the deadliest natural disaster on Alliance territory since NATO’s foundation.