Anonymous donor gives $30 million towards earthquake relief fund

Anonymous donor gives $30 million towards earthquake relief fund

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An anonymous donor in the United States who is of Pakistani origin has made a donation of $30 million for earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria.

Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan´s Prime Minister took to Twitter on Monday, February 13, to publicly thank the person for their kind act of philanthropy.

He said that he wanted to honour the person saying: “Deeply moved by the example of an anonymous Pakistani who entered the Turkish embassy in the United States and donated $30 million to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

“These are acts of philanthropy so glorious that they allow humanity to triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds.”

The international community has reached out to both countries to provide as much assistance as they can with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saying that the EU had sent over 1,650 rescuers and 106 search and rescue dogs to the region.

More than 80 tonnes of aid had already been sent so far she added, but more was still needed.

Among the aid that has arrived in the area is a START field hospital set up by the Military Emergency Unit(UME). Some 82 professionals are now working to care for the wounded.

Few survivors remain but small miracles continue to occur every day as rescues take place, but the prognoses remains bad with more than 33,000 known to have lost their lives.

The anonymous donation of $30 million towards the earthquake relief fund will go a long way, but billions more will be needed to help restore affected areas.

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