Forest fire relief efforts – organizations need support

As of Friday August 6, 2021, the forest fires that ravaged Turkey for 10 days affected 3,714 farmers, 31,000 decares of land, 668 decares of greenhouse production area, 397 cattle, 3,961 sheep and goats, 4,856 beehives, 1,353 agricultural structures, 1,137 machines and 2,088 tons of products in depots in five provinces, 18 districts and 99 villages.

At least 770 people have been injured and six of them are currently receiving treatment in hospitals. The fires in Antalya and Muğla have left at least eight people dead.

Forest fires destroy everything in their path! While you may think the worst is over once the fires are extinguished, for those affected, the long and difficult road to healing and rebuilding has only just begun, and for some, precious personal possessions can never be replaced. .

So far, nearly $ 2 million (TL 17 million) has been distributed by the Turkish government for 1,055 families affected by the fires.

But there is a long way to go.

How can I help you?

Here is a list of organizations currently involved in relief efforts and in need of additional support. Many websites are in Turkish and can easily be translated using Google Translate.

A well-known organization in Turkey with a scope that includes disaster relief, education, social projects and much more. Their site has an English version and making a general donation is streamlined and easy. If you are located in Turkey and want to make a specific donation, send an SMS to YANGIN at 2868 (donation 1 SMS 10TL).

AKUT – Search and Rescue Organization.

A well established and easily identifiable organization to support in the event of a disaster in Turkey. Their site offers an option for English and describes several ways they currently receive donations.

TEMA – Turkish Foundation for the fight against erosion, deforestation and conservation of natural assets.

TEMA is currently accepting donations for a campaign to reforest areas damaged by the fires. 10 TL per sapling, with donations accepted through their site:

www.tema.org.tr/yenidenyesertecegiz

Haytap – Federation for Animal Rights.

An established organization involved in many animal related issues in Turkey, currently dealing with animals affected by the fires on site. Their website has an English version.

The selected image: Kızılay volunteer gives water to woman facing forest fires in southern Turkey (Photo by the American Red Cross)

Sources: Daily Sabah / Yabangee / AKUT / Türk Kızılay / TEMA / Haytap

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