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EQ-2011-000162-TUR - Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey

Baseline information
Country information
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey info on Van
Additional information (last update: 28-Oct-2011 16:58 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, http://www.afad.gov.tr/Ingilizce_Site/index.html
Turkish Red Crescent Society, http://www.kizilay.org.tr/english/index.php
Ministry of Health, http://www.saglik.gov.tr/EN/ana-sayfa/2-0/20111024.html
Ministry of Education, http://www.meb.gov.tr/english/indexeng.htm
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.mfa.gov.tr/default.en.mfa
Republic of turkey Prime Ministry, http://www.basbakanlik.gov.tr/Forms/pMain.aspx

 

Situation
Status of request of assistance (last update: 27-Oct-2011 11:01 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
We have been informed by a number of county focal points, that Turkey on bilateral basis is accepting some humanitarian assistance, specifically winterized tents, blankets, kitchen sets, pre-fabs, e.g.

Countries/Organisations providing international assistance may contact the Crisis Centre in Ankara/the capital from these contact details (even though you are directly going to Erzurum logistics centre):
Phone: 0090-312-248-70-00. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Priority needs (last update: 27-Oct-2011 10:04 by Jesper H. Lund (FCSS/ESB/OCHA))
Shelter winterized tents
Shelter Kitchen sets
Shelter pre-fabs
Disaster details (last update: 9-Nov-2011 22:49 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
LATEST UPDATE:

An aftershock of 5.7 M (according to the USGS) occured on 9 November 2011 at 21:23 pm local time. It is 4.8 km depth. The epicenter is 16 km south of Van. FCSS has contacted the national crisis centre of Turkey and they confirmed damage at some buildings including the collapse of a hotel with some casualties. FCSS will continue to follow up with the national crisis centre and update the Virtual OSOCC.
Affected population (last update: 30-Oct-2011 16:50 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Press Release by Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) at 30 October 10:30 local time:
Number of dead: 596 (as of 30 October 10:30 local time)
Number of injured: 4.152 (as of 30 October 08:30 local time)
Number of rescued people: 188 (as of 30 October 10:30 local time)

Press Release by Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) at 28 October 12:00 local time:
A technical committee of 20 personnel from our Presidency and 200 technical personnel from different provinces has started preliminary damage assessment. Up to now, 10.621 building has been assessed in Van Central district and its villages, Ercis district and its neighborhood. 5.739 buildings (8.026 households) have been detected as damaged-nonhabitable, 4.882 buildings (7.660 households) have been detected as damaged-habitable. Preliminary damage assessment will continue. Schools are closed in Van and Ercis.
Affected areas (last update: 30-Oct-2011 16:57 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey
Source: UNCS, Europa Technologies, ESRI
Provider: Reliefweb
The city of Van (at the East of Turkey, close to the border of Armenia and Iran) and Ercis provience of Van.
As of 30 October, the operations were completed in Van Central district. The operations have being continued in 2 collapsed buildings in Ercis district.
Additional information (last update: 30-Oct-2011 16:59 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey SitRep no 1 on Van Earthquake.docx
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey SitRep no 2 on Van Earthquake.docx
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey SitRep_no_3_on_Van_Earthquake[1].docx
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey SitRep_4_on_Van[1].docx
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey SitRep_5_on_Van[1].docx

 

Response and Coordination
National response (last update: 30-Oct-2011 16:53 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Press Release by Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) at 30 October 10:30 local time:

In total 4.440 search-rescue personnel, 1.710 medical personnel, 18 search dog, 651 construction machinery and vehicle, 146 ambulance (7 of them air ambulance), 11 mobile hospital (6 of them in service), 143 generators, 77 reflectors, 95 portable wc, 42.711 tents ( 8.166 of them are from abroad), 54 cluster tents, 69 tent for general usage, 60 prefabricated houses, 5 house containers, 2.300 Mevlana type prefabricated houses, 160.360 blankets, 1.179 quilts, 37 portable kitchens, 3.051 kitchen set, 6.899 catalytic stoves, 5.792 sleeping bags, 1000 folding beds and 1 mobile oven has been delivered to the region.
International response (last update: 31-Oct-2011 09:27 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Situation Report by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Turkey (30 October):

Algeria: 900 tents
Armenia: 193 tents
Austria: 32 tents
Azerbaijan: Research and rescue team of 140, 1,250 tents, 700 mattresses, 40 generators, 5,000 blankets, 40 kitchen utensils.
Belgium: 400 tents
Bulgaria: 200 tents, 800 blankets; 133 heaters;
Denmark: 100 tents
Egypt: 300 tents
Estonia: 329 tents
France: 490 tents
Germany: 500 tents
Ireland: 624 tents
Israel: 15 prefabricated houses
Italy: 200 tents
Japan: 100 tents
Kazakhstan: 60 tents, 300 blankets, 300 mattresses, 60 heaters
Luxemburg: 360 tents
Pakistan: 264 tents
Qatar: 580 tents, 2,500 blankets
Romania: 100 tents
Russian Federation: 284 tents
Saudi Arabia: $ 50 million
Slovakia: 10 tents
Slovenia: 2 tents
Spain: 329 tents
Sweden: 155 tents
Switzerland: 200 tents, 800 blankets, 133 heaters
Ukraine: 4 general purpose tents
United Kingdom: 1,144 tents

A window on the UN’s website is opened under the name “International Assistance to Van Earthquake” for information sharing. Donors are requested to inform This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of their respective assistance.

 

Customs, movement and logistics
Customs and Immigration (last update: 27-Oct-2011 13:40 by Indiana Ramirez Nates (OCHA))
: Please find hereunder the contacts in the General Directorate of Customs:

Mr. Erdal KARAHISAR
Head of Department
General Directorate of Customs
Office Telephone: +90 312 306 8882
Fax : +90 312 306 8995
email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ms. Filiz KARADEMIR
Head of Department
General Directorate of Customs
Office Telephone : +90 312 306 8293
Fax : +90 312 306 8995
Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
: Please find hereunder the latest information on Customs for the importation of goods:

National Regulations and Agreements

Items (7) and (12b) of Article 167 of Turkish Customs Code No. 4458 state that the goods for general purposes for public benefit and the goods sent to persons affected by crisis circumstances are granted for duty relief when they are released into free circulation. Within this scope, the provisions to benefit from these reliefs are defined in the Cabinet Decision No. 2009/15481 published in Official Journal dated 07/10/2009 and numbered 27369 and substituted the former Decision No. 2000/53.

According to Article 68 of the Cabinet Decision No. 2009/15481,

a) Basic necessities for distribution free of charge to needy persons,
b) Goods sent free of charge to be used for fund-raising at occasional charity events for the benefit of needy persons,
c) Equipment and office materials sent free of charge to be used solely for the purpose of meeting their operating needs
imported by State organizations or other charitable or philanthropic organizations approved by the competent authorities can benefit from duty relief.

According to Article 105 of the Cabinet Decision No. 2009/15481,

a) Goods for distribution free of charge to persons affected by crisis circumstances,
b) Goods to be made available free of charge to persons affected by crisis circumstances, while remaining the property of the organizations,
c) Goods imported for free circulation by disaster-relief agencies in order to meet their needs during the period of crisis circumstances excluding materials and equipment intended for rebuilding disaster areas, imported by State organizations or philanthropic organizations can also benefit from duty relief.

Furthermore, the customs procedures to be applied under crisis circumstances are defined in a Communiqué.

Within the framework of Article 26 titled "aid materials forwarded for disaster" of the Cabinet Decision No. 2009/15481; the temporary importation procedure with total relief from import duties shall be granted for aid materials dispatched to state bodies or bodies approved by the competent
authorities, for disaster in the customs territory of Turkey.

Source: General Directorate of Customs
Date: 25 oct, 2011
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Further reading
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey Customs Directory
Relief Distribution Center (last update: 27-Oct-2011 17:15 by I. de Muyser-Boucher (OCHA))
OCHA's corporate partner, Deutsche Post-DHL, is deploying a DRT (Disaster Response Team) to Erzurum, at the invitation of local governmental relief authorities. The DRT consists in expert volunteer staff from DHL (fully trained & self-sufficient) who provide support to help manage incoming in-kind consignments in order to alleviate airport congestion.

This deployment takes place in the framework of a MOU that the local DHL office signed this morning with the Turkish relief authorities. The deployment, to be managed by the DHL/DRT base of Dubai, will start on Sunday and is expected to last for approx. 2 weeks.
Entry points (airports, ports, ..) (last update: 30-Oct-2011 16:54 by Nihan Erdogan (OCHA))
Press Release by Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) at 30 October 10:30 local time:

For the reception of international assistance coming by air, Erzurum is determined to be logistics center and Erzurum Governorship is assigned to establish this center and transfer the aids to Van. In the case of exceeding capacity of Erzurum Airports determined as points of entry by our Presidency, it is planned that the Military Airport shall be alternative.

 

Media
OCHA media summery (last update: 25-Oct-2011 13:24 by T. Peter (ERCC OCHA-Geneva))
OCHA media summary of 25 Oct

The death toll in an earthquake which shook southeast Turkey on Sunday has risen to 366, with 1,301 people injured, the Disaster and Emergency Administration said on Tuesday. (Alertnet)

The Turkish government has pledged more aid to thousands of people affected by Sunday's deadly earthquake in the east. Officials said 12,000 more tents would be delivered to the cities of Ercis and Van and also to nearby villages. Ankara has been accused of failing to help some of the most needy, who spent the second night in freezing conditions without heating and tents. (BBC)

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of the relief operation, said late on Monday that "from today there will be nothing our people lack". Officials were also setting up more field hospitals and kitchens to help the thousands left homeless or too afraid to return to their homes amid continuing aftershocks. But some survivors complained that not enough help was reaching them. "We spent the night under freezing temperature. We shivered all night long, nobody provided us any blankets or heaters, we don't even have a toilet," one woman told the BBC. "People are getting sick. It is very dirty here." Another resident of Van said that even tents were in short supply. (BBC)
Additional information
Earthquake in the Van Province, Turkey TURKEY VAN EARTHQUAKE PRESS RELEASE 24 OCTOBER.docx

 

Relief Teams
Additional information
Health:
Mobilising: (Doctors Worldwide)
Mission completed: Japanese NGO (Humanitarian Medical Assistance(HuMA))
Logistics:
Mobilising: DHL (DHL DRT)
Deployed: Belgian Gov (B-FAST)
Other: (Disaster and Relief Interpreting Volunteers)
Telecoms and ICT:
Mission completed: (Telecoms Sans Frontieres)
USAR:
Deployed: (AKUT Search and Rescue)
Mission completed: Turkey (GEA SAR Team, Turkey), (AKUT), Turkey (GEA SAR Team, Turkey)

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