On 6 September 1975 Eastern Anatolia was struck by an earthquake which ravaged one quarter of Turkish territory.
Views of the disaster areas - Lice - Ruins and victims.
Logistical support is taken in hand. Relief supplies are flown from Ankara, the capital, to Dyarbakir (98 kilometres from Lice) and then on forwarded by lorry.
Camps have been set up by the Turkish Red Cruscent. Tents provide shelter for the survivors. Turkish Red Crescent mobile kitchens are in operation with a capacity of up to 5,000 hot meals per day.
In the midst of the victims, meeting in Hani near Lice of those in charge of relief. The local authorities, leaders of the Turkish Red Crescent, the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator, representatives of specialised agencies of the United Nations (UNICEF - WHO - FAO), as well as Mr. Jurg Vittani, Director of the Relief Supplies Bureau of the League of Red Cross Societies, sent to the spot by the League as liaison officer with the Turkish Red Crescent.
Life get going again. The survivors receive daily food rations from the Turkish Red Crescent Mobile kitchens. A turkish Red Crescent Water purification plant makes it possible to distribute drinking water.
Children's faces again reflect hope.
Aerial view of the stricken region.
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Background: On 6 September 1975 Eastern Anatolia was struck by an earthquake which ravaged one quarter of Turkish territory.
The town of Lice with its 9,000 inhabitants was 95% destroyed. Here and in the surrounding regions the earthquake took the heaviest toll.
To cope with the disaster, a major relief operation was launched for the victims by the Yurkish authorities in close cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent Society. The League made 3 limited international relief appeal.