Relief flight takes off for region affected by the earthquake in Turkey

28.10.2011 - Press release

Today at 3.45 p.m., a German Red Cross plane took off from Berlin Schönefeld airport transporting 30 tonnes of relief goods to the region affected by the earthquake in south eastern Turkey.

Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, today (28 October) issued the following statement on loading the airplane at Schönefeld airport:

“There are many people living in Germany who have relatives, loved ones and friends in south eastern Turkey. It is therefore quite natural that we are providing assistance. Many of these people are freezing and there has already been sleet in the region hit by the earthquake. The homeless must above all be protected against the cold.
That is why today we are sending 500 tents and 2500 blankets as well as heating facilities for the tents; we are doing everything we can to ensure that the people will get through the winter safe and sound.
The Federal Foreign Office has made available 360,000 euro. We are glad to help and are of course ready to provide even more assistance if our Turkish friends so wish.”

The relief goods will be brought directly to the crisis area today by the German Red Cross. Thanks to its cooperation with the Red Crescent, the tents will be set up as quickly as possible.

The Federal Foreign Office has made available 360,000 euro as humanitarian emergency aid for the earthquake victims. The money will be spent on the goods for today’s relief flight, transport and handling on the ground.

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