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Türkiye-Syria earthquakes

On 6 February, two major earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria, devastating both countries. Scientists had issued warnings, but the scale of damage caused was never anticipated and had not been prepared for.

This page brings together our commentary on these earthquakes. It also features research and insights on lessons from previous earthquakes, the challenges of the humanitarian response in Syria, and wider geopolitical concerns facing Türkiye today.

Gazientep, Turkey. European Union, 2023 (photographer: Lisa Hastert)

Think Change podcast: Türkiye-Syria earthquakes – lessons learnt and what next?

This episode builds a picture of the situation in Türkiye and Syria today, and asks what must happen next to support survivors and rebuild.
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Seismic risk exposes disaster risk management’s neglect of conflict

The international community of development and humanitarian actors are failing to take seriously the need to enhance disaster risk management in conflict-affected areas.
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The Humanitarian Exchange Magazine

These special editions and articles of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine focus on lessons to take from the humanitarian response to previous earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan.

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The humanitarian response in Syria

Who gets access in times of conflict?

ODI researchers Eva Svoboda and Veronique Barbelet discuss the challenges that humanitarian organisations face in gaining access to deliver aid to the people and places who need it most in times of conflict.

Türkiye's wider geopolitical concerns

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