Caritas staff responding to earthquake damage. Photo: Caritas network.

Turkey Earthquake

One year ago, Turkey and Syria were struck by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which caused thousands of deaths. Your support is still needed. 


In Turkey’s south, many people are still living in temporary accommodation as they try to rebuild shattered lives.

Earthquake destruction in Syria. Photo: Caritas network.
Rescuers carry a person on a stretcher work at the site of a collapsed building, following an earthquake, in Hama, Syria, after Turkey Earthquake on February 6, 2023. Photo: SANA.


Much work still remains to be done in rebuilding and recovering one year on.


What's happening in Syria and Turkey

Thousands of people were killed after a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) and Syria, followed by another large earthquake only hours later. 

  • Over 50,000 people were killed.
  • 9 million people were affected.
  • 3.6 million people were left homeless and internally displaced.

The time to act is now. The Caritas Network is on the ground supporting communities who have lost everything. Your donation today will help communities affected by the earthquake. 

7.8 magnitude

Turkey and Syria were struck by two earthquakes in a matter of hours.

9 million people

Were affected by the earthquakes

Over 50,000 people

in both Syria and Turkey have lost their lives.

Caritas staff distributing emergency supplies for hundreds of families after the devastating earthquake. Photo: Caritas network.

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Hear from our Middle East Humanitarian Lead

Sally Thomas, Caritas Australia's Middle East Humanitarian Lead, talks with Sky News about the impact of the earthquake on vulnerable communities in Syria and Turkey.

What was the impact of the earthquake in Syria?

On both sides of the border, buildings collapsed and rescuers had to pull survivors from piles of rubble.

Yet the impact of this natural disaster is only compounding the devastation experienced by Syrians over 12 years of brutal conflict.

The ongoing conflict in Syria has exacted a heavy toll on the country. It has created the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, with around 13 million Syrians forced from their homes – more than half of the total population. At least 6.8 million have fled the country, with 6.9 million displaced in Syria.

After extended conflict, the country is in a shambles. Vital infrastructure like hospitals, schools, utilities and water and sanitation systems have been damaged or reduced to rubble. The economy is in tatters, with more than 90 per cent of the population living in poverty.

Syrian children have missed years of schooling and experienced unimaginable violence and brutality. At least 2.4 million children are out of school, which will only make it more challenging to build back when the conflict ends.

Your donation to Caritas Australia can have a profound and lasting impact on those affected by the Turkey, Syria earthquake. By donating, you will help to provide vital emergency aid and essential items needed during a time of crisis.

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"Life remains extremely hard, and the future is incredibly uncertain for families... People affected are still in need of our enduring compassion and support."

Sally Thomas, Caritas Australia's Middle East Humanitarian Lead. 

What is the impact of the earthquake in Turkey?

Turkey hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, the greatest number of refugees in the world from that conflict. At least half a million refugees live in Gaziantep, where UNHCR runs one of its largest refugee responses. 

Communities living in Syria and Turkey need the assistance of international supporters in order for them to recover from the tragic Turkey earthquake and start rebuilding their lives – your simple act of kindness could make all the difference. Click below to contribute to our Turkey Syria earthquake appeal.

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When was the worst earthquake in Turkey?

The earthquakes in southern Turkey were the deadliest to hit the country in more than 20 years. In 1999, a tremor of similar magnitude to devastated the city of Izmit, killing more than 17,000 people.

The first shock, near the city of Gaziantep, was as powerful as the earthquake in 1939, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Turkey. The 1939 earthquake in Turkey killed over 32,000 people and injured more than 100,000.


How can I help survivors of the earthquake in Syria and Turkey?

Caritas Australia is working with the Caritas Confederation on the ground to respond to the devastation caused by the earthquake. The Caritas Network is coordinating with local authorities, to gather information and organise the response.

Your donation today will help provide urgent aid and assistance to vulnerable communities affected by the Turkey Syria earthquake. Your support can provide life-saving essentials, such as food rations, clean water and emergency shelter. 

Caritas Staff responding to earthquake damage. Photo: Caritas network.

Donate today

I would like to give

can provide food baskets to families that have lost their homes

Other amount

Can provide warm blankets to families living in a refugee camp

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

How can I help the people of Syria and Turkey?

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Pray for Turkey and Syria

We have prepared a prayer for Syria and Turkey that you can use in your parish and secondary school.

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As a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Caritas Australia is committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Find out more about ACFID Code of Conduct for Emergency Appeals.