UN Women Brief on Earthquake in Türkiye: Impacts and Priorities for Women and Girls
On February 6th, 2023, Türkiye was struck by two significant earthquakes that resulted in widespread devastation in the Southeast region of the country. Thousands of aftershocks followed. The earthquake affected 11 provinces with a population of around 14 million (16.4% of the total population of the country). Over 48,000 people lost their lives, and over 100,000 have been injured making it the deadliest such disaster since the country’s founding 100 years ago and one of the deadliest worldwide during this century. Thousands of buildings have suffered serious damage, including schools and health care facilities and other public infrastructure such as roads, airport, ports, oil terminals, electricity lines, water provision and sewage. Estimated 2.7 million people have left the affected region and migrated to other parts of the country. This brief explains the impact of the earthquake, needs and priorities of women and girls and UN Women's response efforts on the ground.