A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Turkey on Monday, leaving almost 60,000 people dead and another 3.3 million people displaced. According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was centered in Turkey and caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure across the country.
The current handling of the crisis by the government has been deemed inadequate, with more than 500,000 homes destroyed and 130,000 deemed uninhabitable. The situation is dire, and Turkey is in desperate need of assistance.
In Brussels, donors have pledged around €6 billion ($6.5 billion) in aid and soft loans for the reconstruction of Turkey. However, there is still much work to be done to rebuild the country and help those affected by the disaster.
In response to the crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advanced the elections to the 14th of May, hoping that the newly elected government will be better equipped to handle the ongoing crisis. The people of Turkey are now looking to their leaders for action and support, as they attempt to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastating earthquake.