February 6th earthquake: Current situation analysis and needs assessment - Research report
This study presents recovery needs assessment across selected sectors and presents findings on key challenges for recovery from the 2023 Turkiye-Syria Earthquakes. Due to its geographical location, Türkiye lies within active seismic fault lines, leading to its frequent encounter with large-scale earthquakes. Since the 1500s, numerous earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or higher have occurred in Türkiye. Especially in the twentieth century, earthquakes have caused significant destructive loss of life and property. Notably, on February 6, 2023, two major earthquakes measuring 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude, respectively, were experienced at different times, making it the most devastating earthquake disaster in recent years, considering the extent of damage and losses incurred.
The increase in casualties and the number of people affected by disasters during post-earthquake periods since 1950 underscore the significance of taking new measures and aactions to expedite the recovery process in disasters. Based on this need, this study was conducted to contribute to research aimed at accelerating post-disaster recovery processes and to analyze the current situation and needs of the earthquake victims in Kahramanmaraş. The study was prepared with the support of specialists from different units within the Turkish Red Crescent Directorate of Community Services and the Turkish Red Crescent Academy Presidency. It shares the results of field research conducted in disaster-affected areas.
The study presents analysis of recovery needs in the following sectors:
- Livelihoods (rural and urban)
It presents findings based on key challenges for recovery identified by the earthquake victims participating in the study, including:
- Psychosocial health
- Hygiene and shelter
- Access to water and food security
- Needs of vulnerable groups
- Weakening of family mechanisms and increased isolation
- New disabilities
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