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More than 21,000 people are dead and tens of thousands injured after a devastating earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria Monday, February 6, 2023. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake -  the strongest to hit Turkey in more than 80 years -  along with dozens of powerful aftershocks, left massive destruction across Turkey and northern and central Syria.

It is a race against time for emergency responders, who are digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings to find survivors and care for the injured.

The earthquake is especially devastating for Syria, where more than a decade of civil war has already created a massive humanitarian crisis, leaving millions of families displaced from their homes.

Many organizations are on the ground responding in Turkey and Syria, while others are coordinating aid efforts. Here is how you can help.

International groups, such as
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and International Rescue Committee, are providing emergency recovery and support services, essential supplies, food, and shelter. Teams from Doctors without Borders are in the affected areas providing emergency medical care.

United Nations agencies, including
World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF are providing emergency services to families - as is the international NGO Save the Children.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington is accepting in-kind assistance through drop-offs or mail.

You can also check out websites like
Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, which provide information on charities and rates them on their accountability and results.

Donations to US-based charities are likely tax deductible, if you are the United States. 

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