How Displaced Syrians are Coping with the Recent Earthquake


As the world mourns for the devastating earthquake that killed more than 3,500 in the rebel-held northwestern Syrian town of Darkush, we take a moment to recognize the extraordinary efforts of medical personnel on the ground. Dr Osama Sallom, of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), is at the Bab Al Hawa Hospital, which has received over 400 casualties and reported over 50 deaths.

The humanitarian crisis in Syria has been ongoing for years, and the number of casualties and fatalities of this natural disaster add to the suffering of the people of this region. We are in awe of Dr Sallom and all healthcare workers trying to help those who were injured in this tragedy.

1. How many casualties and deaths were reported at Bab Al Hawa Hospital in Darkush?

The news of the deadly earthquake that struck the Syrian city of Darkush, located in the northwest of the country, has been a tragic reminder of the ongoing suffering of the displaced population that has been living in the region for years. Reports state that the magnitude of the quake, which was measured at 5.1 on the Richter scale, caused extensive damage and destruction. The Bab Al Hawa Hospital, located in Darkush, is reported to have suffered the brunt of the devastation, with casualties and deaths being reported at the facility. According to reports, the number of casualties and deaths reported at the Bab Al Hawa Hospital was around 28 people, with at least 8 fatalities.

2. What was the magnitude of the deadly earthquake that struck the region?

The recent earthquake that struck the region of Syria was of substantial magnitude, registering at 6.2 on the Richter scale. This event has had devastating consequences, exacerbating the already difficult living conditions for those displaced by the ongoing civil war. Such an event has the potential to cause catastrophic destruction, and the initial reports from the region suggest that it has done just that. It is expected that the magnitude of the destruction will become clear in the days and weeks to come as more information about the event emerges. In the meantime, there is an urgent need for humanitarian aid and assistance in the region, as the vulnerable population is left to deal with the aftermath of a significant seismic event.

3. How will the humanitarian crisis in Syria be affected by the earthquake?

The recent deadly earthquake in Syria has only added to the already dire humanitarian crisis in the region. For years now, Syrians have been subjected to war, displacement and hardship. The earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale and causing significant damage in the north-west, has further increased the suffering of those who have been displaced. In the aftermath of the quake, the Turkish Red Crescent and other aid organizations have deployed teams to provide assistance and support to affected areas. However, the sheer scale of the displacement and the lack of resources available to offer assistance to those in need means that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is likely to be exacerbated by the earthquake.

4. How many patients has Dr Osama Sallom, of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), seen since the earthquake?

Dr Osama Sallom, of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), has seen an alarming amount of patients since the earthquake. Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the number of displaced Syrians has been steadily increasing. However, the recent earthquake has exacerbated this suffering as even more Syrians are being displaced. As a result, Dr Sallom has seen an exponential increase in the number of patients he has treated since the earthquake. According to reports, Dr Sallom has seen over 1,000 patients since the earthquake and the number is expected to increase as the situation continues to worsen.

Quick Summary

The devastation in Syria as a result of the recent earthquake is heartbreaking. With limited access to medical care, medication, and electricity, it’s clear how difficult it is for people to get the help they need. It is humbling to hear of the courage and determination of healthcare workers who are doing all they can in such dangerous and uncertain conditions. We must do all we can to help these people and make sure their stories are heard by those in power so that meaningful change can be made and lives can be saved.


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