The City of London Corporation has donated £50,000 to support those impacted by earthquakes affecting Turkey and Syria – and is calling on the Square Mile’s business community to offer further relief to victims.
The two countries were hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Monday with its epicentre near the Turkey-Syria border, followed by a second, 7.7-magnitude quake.
Estimates put the death toll at more than 19,000, and relief funds will be used to support search and rescue efforts and provide shelter and basic relief items to those affected.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Finance Committee Henry Colthurst said: “No-one who has watched the terrible scenes in Turkey and Syria can fail to have been moved by the devastation and personal suffering experienced by so many people.
“The DEC appeal will play a pivotal role in co-ordinating relief efforts, supporting the search and rescue operation and providing essential items such as medicine and blankets.
“We strongly urge businesses and organisations in the City to contribute if they can to the DEC appeal and support their vital work.”