Early on Monday morning, a series of powerful earthquakes struck near the Turkish-Syrian border, leading to widespread devastation.
The quakes, the most violent to strike the area in centuries, left over 5000 people in both countries confirmed dead as of Tuesday morning.
The Turkish government has said the disaster is the worst in the country in over 80 years. Over 50 countries, including the UK, have already begun sending aid, but as rescue efforts are hampered by weather and damage, authorities have warned that the death toll could continue to rise.
Emergency appeals to help people affected by the earthquake have been set up by the British Red Cross, Human Appeal, Islamic Relief, and others.
Best for Britain Chief Executive Naomi Smith said:
“The devastation and suffering in Turkey and Syria are beyond description, and our thoughts are with them as they work to save lives and eventually rebuild after this terrible tragedy.
“In such times, international solidarity and cooperation are essential. The UK Government must work alongside partners around the world to offer aid to victims and survivors and to help them in the process of recovery.”