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Finland prepares €1m aid package for Turkey and Syria

The support includes food, shelter and medical supplies.

Ihmiset kantavat loukkaantunutta paarilla.
Rescuers help to remove an injured person from a building destroyed by the earthquake. Image: Adsiz Gunebakan / AOP
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Finland is preparing to send one million euros in humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria, the Finnish government has stated in a press release.

"The support will be used to provide food, shelter, medical supplies and psychosocial support to people who lost their homes in the two countries," the press release said.

The aid package will be channelled through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

"The scale of human distress is immense in the region, and fear of aftershocks makes it worse. Finland wants to help quickly those affected by the disaster," Finland's Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari (SDP) said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a team of Finnish rescue workers and IT professionals departed for the region, as the death toll from the earthquakes climbed over 5,000.

A 7.8 magnitude quake struck near the city of Gaziantep in the early hours of Monday morning. This was followed by a 7.5-magnitude tremor that hit at around 1:30pm local time (12:30pm Finnish time).

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