Earthquake in Turkey
On Sunday 23 October 2011 the east of Turkey was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale, which had a devastating effect on the cities of Ercis and Van. Beside the numerous victims, more than 200,000 persons lost their homes.
Once Belgium had received an official request for emergency relief, it sent a B-FAST team of 14 persons to the affected region. This team set up a tent camp providing shelter to 2,000 victims. The Belgian tents are equipped with heating, blankets and stoves so as to protect the homeless persons against wintery weather conditions. After the mission this tent camp has been transferred to the Turkish Red Crescent.