Qatar donates 10,000 mobile homes for the Turkey-Syria earthquake victims that it used for the accommodation of football fans during the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The first batch was sent on Sunday that will provide shelter to the quake-affected victims. The mobile homes were used as accommodation during the FIFA World Cup 2022. Plan was always to donate these mobile homes, but keeping in view the devastation in Turkey and Syria, Qatar decided to donate to quake-affected victims. Visitors visiting Qatar during the FIFA World Cup had paid $200 per night to stay in these accommodations which helped ease the potential shortage of accommodation during the FIFA World Cup for international visitors. 350 mobile homes have been transported in the first batch.
The housing units were installed at the empty stretches of the desert surrounding the Qatari capital Doha.
The first batch of mobile homes is being deployed as shelters for people affected by Türkiye and Syria earthquake pic.twitter.com/9cfGasi9IW
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“Within the framework of the continuous Qatari efforts to contribute to relieving the quake-affected people in Syria and Turkey, the State of Qatar has allocated 10,000 mobile homes that will be transferred to the affected areas,” the Gulf state’s foreign ministry said at the time of decision.
“In view of the urgent needs in Turkey and Syria, we have taken the decision to ship our cabins and caravans to the region, providing much-needed and immediate support to the people of Turkey and Syria,” the Qatari official said to Reuters.
The Emir of Qatar also ordered the launch of an air bridge for Turkey fully equipped with field hospitals, relief aid, tents, and other essential equipment. He also donated QAR 50 million ($14 million) on live television during the Oun and Sanad campaign. The campaign has generated QAR 168,015,836 (around $19 million). Emir Qatar Sheikh Tamim also visited Turkey and met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, becoming the first foreign leader to visit Turkey after the devastating earthquake.
The death toll has crossed 36,000 from one of the region’s horrific earthquakes hitting Turkey and Syria. Millions have been left homeless.