Information bulletin: second earthquake hits eastern Turkey

An earthquake (magnitude 5.7) hit Van province, in eastern Turkey, on 9 November 2011. It followed the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on 23 October 2011, which killed 601 people and injured more than 4152.

According to preliminary figures from the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, 7 people died and 23 were injured in the second earthquake. Search and rescue teams with heavy machinery continue to search collapsed buildings.

The Turkish authorities are continuing their emergency response activities and are fully managing the rescue operations.

Health-sector response

As part of the overall coordination provided by the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, the Disaster and Emergency Coordination Centre (SAKOM) of the Ministry of Health continues to coordinate the health response and deploy medical search and rescue teams and land ambulances to Van province.

The Turkish Red Crescent Society has established tent camps and is mobilizing supplies.

WHO response

Within the United Nations country team, the WHO Country Office, Turkey is working closely with the Ministry of Health, following the health needs and damage assessments, and monitoring the situation and evolving health needs.

Providing psychosocial services for disaster victims has been identified as priority at the local level, and additional resources have been mobilized through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to address specific health needs.

Along with WHO headquarters, WHO/Europe – through Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe – has offered all possible WHO support to the Ministry of Health, including rapid deployment of WHO emergency kits and experts if and when required. WHO experts are on stand-by.