UAE pledges $114.6 million, leads GCC nations in Turkey earthquake relief aid efforts
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently pledged $114.6 million as relief aid in response to the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit eastern Turkey’s Elazığ province on January 24, 2020. The UAE’s relief efforts, which will be carried out through the Zayed Giving initiative, are expected to aid thousands of people affected by the disaster. Through its support, the UAE commands the lead among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations in relief funds for the earthquake relief operations in Turkey.
Extensive damages caused by earthquakes
The strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake has killed 39 people and injured at least 1,611 others. The region’s infrastructure suffered extensive damages with several buildings collapsing and at least 1,400 buildings destroyed. The high magnitude of the quake was felt in the Middle East, including in Kuwait and Iran.
UAE’s relief efforts
The UAE’s commitment towards providing assistance to Turkey’s earthquake-affected people signals its strong support to the region. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has pledged full support to Turkey during this difficult time.
The pledge amounting to $114.6 million from the UAE forms part of a wider effort from the broader GCC community who are also providing significant aid. Other GCC member states have also contributed to the relief operations in Turkey. Some key contributions include:
- Qatar – pledged 2.38 million
- Saudi Arabia – pledged $2.3 million
- Bahrain – offered medical assistance
- Oman – allocated $500,000
The UAE’s aid to Turkey through its Zayed Giving initiative is indicative of the strong unity among GCC nations. This cooperative effort shows their strong commitment towards providing support to each other, as well as helping those affected by natural disasters. The UAE’s undisputed leadership, in particular, sets a strong example for others in the GCC region on how assistance during such destructive disasters can be provided.