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Turkey Earthquake: How You Can Help

Help Turkey Earthquake

First Posted: 10/25/11 02:28 PM ET Updated: 12/25/11 05:12 AM ET

The deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey -- one of the country's poorest regions -- has left hundreds dead and thousands injured. The catastrophic quake surpasses in size even the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010.

Emergency rescue teams have been working to help people trapped beneath collapsed buildings and piles of debris, and families have been rendered homeless without food or water.

Large aftershocks, the largest of which was 6.0 magnitude, continued to shake the area. Both rescuers and residents are faced with "near-freezing temperatures," CNN reports.

See HuffPost's growing list of how you can help:

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Red Cross has distributed food, water, stoves and more than 6,000 tents and 11,000 blankets in Turkey so far. Donate here.

International Medical Corps
The Corps has a relief team and supplies on standby to be deployed to Turkey as soon as its local partners determine the need in the area. Donate here.

Catholic Relief Services
The organization is funding an "emergency response team from Caritas, Turkey" as well as pledging to provide 500 families with heaters and wooden ovens, blankets, hygiene packets, and other essentials. Donate here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The Committee is collecting funds "to ensure the victims' immediate needs are addressed." Former humanitarian interventions in Turkey have included provision of aid and training. Donate here.

Shelter Box
The organization delivers emergency supplies and shelter to families in a large box that typically contains blankets, water, a tent, a stove, and other lifesaving essentials. Donate here.

The Turkish Philanthropy Funds
The Fund will delegate your donation to its partner AKUT, an organization currently on the ground in Turkey with 190 rescuers and 6 dogs working to pull injured people from the rubble. It will also route donations to Kizilay, a branch of the Red Cross that has 787 medical personnel providing tents, food and medical assistance to the victims. Donate here.

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