QRCS and AFAD signs an agreement to aid Turkey’s reconstruction efforts

Doha: Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed an agreement. The agreement was in response to the recent incidents in Turkey.

The two year-agreement targets to rebuild the affected areas, help the victims and compensation for the losses of the public also will be carried out with the agreement. With a budget of $30m, the agreement will benefit 247,000 persons in 25 districts across five provinces. The agreement will also set up a medium to exchange information about disaster management.

A delegation from QRCS is visiting Turkey, including Secretary-Generali, Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi;  Executive Director of Relief and International Development Division, Faisal Mohamed Al Emadi and Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law, Dr Fawzi Oussedik.

Ambassador of Qatar to Turkey, HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Nasser bin Jassim Al Thani and Head of AFAD, Yunus Sezer attended the signing ceremony.

“It is our pleasure at QRCS to work together with AFAD on humanitarian projects for those affected by wildfires and flooding in Turkey, in solidarity with the Turkish people to reconstruct the affected regions, inspired by the historical relations between the two countries,” said Al Hammadi.

The agreement was intended to achieve its intended goals, he hoped. “As humanitarians, we have to intensify efforts to help local communities in the affected areas to overcome the crisis and restore normal life. This is a top priority for us, by adopting a community-based strategy of disaster preparedness/recovery capacity-building,” Al Hammadi concluded.

“AFAD and QRCS have signed an aid protocol for supporting the aid activities for the forest fires in the Mediterranean and the floods in the Black Sea region. During the signing ceremony, both parties stated the importance of current and future collaborations between AFAD and QRCS.” Sezer stated.

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