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Visit to collection campaign for victims of Turkey earthquake

On Tuesday 14 February, Prime Minister De Croo visited a collection campaign for the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey. He talked to the many volunteers there.

Alexander De Croo: "I went to take a look at a collection campaign organized by the Turkish community in Antwerp. First of all, I would like to express my condolences to the victims of the devastating earthquake. It is heartwarming to see Belgians of all origins working hard to collect relief supplies for the people who now have to live in appalling conditions. I hope these volunteers will inspire other people to come to the rescue."

More than a week ago, the south-east of Turkey and neighboring Syria was hit by a severe earthquake. More than 30,000 people have already lost their lives. At least 10 million people are in need of urgent care.

After the earthquake, a wave of solidarity started everywhere in Belgium. Citizens and organizations have been collecting relief supplies and money for the victims in both countries.

8 million have been released

The care and relief efforts for all victims will be needed for a long time. It is important to send the necessary supplies such as medical equipment, generators, blankets and warm clothing.

Alexander De Croo: "Belgium has sent a B-Fast team on site to build a field hospital in Turkey. Now that most rescue teams are leaving the country, Belgium is present to provide medical assistance to injured and sick people. As Belgium, we have already made 8 million euros available for this."

The European Commission will also soon be organising a donors' conference to help Turkey and Syria with its longer-term reconstruction.