From Container Cities To Field Hospitals, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Is Healing The Wounds
With the "One Rent One Home" campaign launched by Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer to quickly heal the wounds of the earthquake, a solidarity amount of 330 million liras was reached for 39,098 families. The solidarity campaign "Movement of Hope", which enables the purchase of humanitarian aid materials needed by earthquake victims, is growing every day. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues to build container cities in four provinces that will host more than 5,000 earthquake victims, and has also established a field hospital in Hatay.
The support initiated by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for the disaster zone after the earthquakes that affected 10 provinces is growing day by day. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which established disaster coordination centers in Hatay, Osmaniye, Adıyaman and Kahramanmaraş, continues to heal the wounds of the earthquake with all its units in the field. To date, 301 trucks, 3 airplanes, 3 ships, 7 buses and cargo and humanitarian aid materials have been delivered to the devastated provinces. The number of donations reached through the "Movement of Hope" and "One Rent One Home" campaigns is increasing day by day. At the aid collection center in Gaziemir Fuar Izmir, incoming aid and the support of Metropolitan continues to be delivered to the disaster victims.
Teams work all day and night at coordination centers
Disaster coordination centers were established in Hatay, Osmaniye, Adıyaman and Kahramanmaraş in line with Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer's goal of creating a "satellite municipality" that will include all departments of the Metropolitan Municipality. The first of the centers was established in Hatay. The earthquake wounds continue to be recovered in the earthquake zone, which includes units such as logistics, a mobile kitchen, a playground for children, an infirmary connected to Eşrefpaşa Hospital, construction tender centers, a repair and maintenance station, and an internet spot.
In addition to the aid provided at the center, teams from Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's Disaster Coordination Unit are also delivering hot meals, food, hygiene packages, feed and veterinary services to the devastated mountain villages.
Container Cities for Emergency Housing are being established
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which sends a mobile kitchen for 10,000 people a day to the disaster zone, has also started to rapidly build tent cities in earthquake areas. In order to solve the shelter problem, The Metropolitan Municipality, which opened the tent city built on 26 decares of land in Hatay to service 1,248 earthquake victims, started container production in three separate areas, two in Izmir and one in Hatay, to solve the sheltering problem. The containers, which are prepared in the facilities of the Department of Construction Tenders and ESHOT General Directorate in Izmir and sent to Hatay for the use of earthquake victims. Izmir Metropolitan Kahramanmaras is simultaneously building container cities with a total of 1,282 houses in Hatay, Osmaniye and Adıyaman. Over 5 thousand earthquake victims will be served in the container cities, which will include many social areas such as health centers, children's playgrounds and psycho-social support units.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality establishes a field hospital in Hatay
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's Eşrefpaşa Hospital established a field hospital in the region. Located one kilometer away from the tent city established by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality on the EXPO road in Hatay, Eşrefpaşa Field Hospital has brought the facilities in Izmir to Hatay. The field hospital includes examination and dormitory tents, mobile operating room, mobile X-ray vehicle, mobile dental unit, mobile dental vehicle, ambulance, laboratory, mobile ultrasound, pharmacy tent. Specialist physicians and health personnel work in shifts in the field hospital. Thus, earthquake victims can receive the best health services they can get from a hospital here.
Agricultural support also continues
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its efforts to continue production in the region as part of its support efforts for the earthquake region. Studies are being carried out in the field to determine the damage suffered by small-scale producers due to the earthquake disaster and the need for animal feed, and the support is delivered to the producers. In this context, the first of the trucks that set out to deliver 5 truckloads of feed to livestock producers arrived in Osmaniye. Stating that the supports provided to small producers in Izmir with the vision of "Another Agriculture is Possible" will also be applied in Osmaniye, Mayor Tunç Soyer called on villagers to cooperate. Soyer also emphasized that feed support will continue in order to sustain animal husbandry in the region.
Solidarity is growing
Movement of Hope, the solidarity campaign that enables the purchase of humanitarian aid materials needed by the earthquake victims, is growing day by day. Donations to be delivered to the region continue at "umuthareketi.izmir.bel.tr". The "birkirabiryuva.org" campaign, which brings together citizens who lost their homes in the earthquake and those who want to provide rental support or make their vacant homes available for use, also continues. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality will pay the 3-month electricity and water bills of the earthquake victims who have settled in their homes with the Bir Kira Bir Yuva campaign in Izmir. In addition, assurance fee, meter fee and water opening fee will not be charged in the water subscription transactions of the disaster victims.
Global participation in One Rent One Home campaign
On February 22nd, artists, journalists, politicians, mayors and volunteers from different countries of the world came together in the "One Rent One Home Special" program hosted by Mayor Tunç Soyer on Halk TV. The program exceeded the target set to solve the housing problem of 28,466 families waiting for a home. Support was provided to 4 thousand 632 more earthquake-stricken families over the set target. Thus, a total solidarity amount of 330 million Turkish Liras was reached for 33,098 families. Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who participated in the program by phone, which received support from all over Turkey and the world, transferred one of his salaries to the campaign. In addition, mayors from all over the world and many representatives of international unions and organizations participated in the live broadcast and expressed their support. Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence and President of the European Cities Network (Eurocities), Caroline Cosse, President of the Union of World Municipalities (UCLG) and Mayor of Montevideo, Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG, Benjamina Karic, Mayor of Sarajevo, Belit Onay, Mayor of Hannover, Danela Arsovska, Mayor of Skopje; Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku, Finland and Vice President of the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI); and Patrick Hays, former member of the US House of Representatives, expressed their sympathy for Turkey's suffering and their support for the region's recovery.
Shepherds also joined solidarity
Producers participating in the Pasture Izmir project run by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality donated 111 ovine and 1 bovine animals for the earthquake victims. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality will obtain over a ton of roasted meat from this donation and deliver it to the region as soon as possible. Kerem Kamal, an athlete of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Club, who won the gold medal at the Ibrahim Moustafa Ranking Series Wrestling Championship in Alexandria, Egypt, also presented his medal to the earthquake victims.
Metropolitan Municipality give support to earthquake victims also in Izmir
Earthquake victims arriving in Izmir are also staying in the Metropolitan's facilities in Buca and Örnekköy. The Department of Social Projects and the Department of Social Services identify the needs of the citizens. Disaster victims who are placed in the houses are provided with 3 hot meals, 24-hour hot water, laundry, clothing, hygiene and food support. A Psychosocial Support Work Team of 100 people consisting of psychologists, sociologists, social workers and child development specialists is also working.