Over OMR370,000 collected for quake victims

Oman Sunday 19/February/2023 20:45 PM
By: Times News Service
Over OMR370,000 collected for quake victims

Muscat: Moved by the plight of earthquake-affected people in Türkiye and Syria, a donation drive was launched in the Sultanate of Oman to collect funds for them. So far, more than OMR370,000 have been collected as part of the campaign to help the quake victims.

According to the online donation portal www.donate.om, the total money received online reached OMR154,129 between February 6 and 19, 2023, while the ‘Pain and hope to help those affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey’ campaign launched by Dar Al Atta’a collected OMR76,722 and the Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) got OMR77,407.

The OCO also said that it has received OMR220,000 from the Omani National Engineering and Investment Company (ONEIC) for relief in Syria and Türkiye with total donations reaching OMR 373,629.

The OCO has called for donations for earthquake victims in the embodiment of the royal orders and it also operated relief flights to the affected areas in Syria and Türkiye in cooperation with the Royal Omani Air Force.

The OCO announced that contributions can be made through the ONEIC automatic payment machines or via text messages for Omantel users (number 90022) and Ooredoo users (number 90909), where a donation of one Omani rial is made for each message.

The authority also announced account numbers for donations through Bank Muscat, National Bank of Oman and Bank Dhofar.

In addition, the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Muscat has launched a relief campaign to aid people affected by the devastating earthquake.

Condolence messages

The Turkish embassy said: “We would like to thank everyone who have sent messages of condolences and support to our embassy after the earthquake. The Aid-in-kind campaign has been launched under the coordination of our embassy to be delivered to our citizens affected by the earthquake.”

The list of materials needed includes winter clothing, food boxes, baby formula, diapers, cleaning and hygiene products and women hygiene products.

Death toll in Türkiye-Syria quake has surpassed 41,000. The World Health Organization says that the number of victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria does not reflect the true scale of the disaster, noting that the number of affected people may reach 23 million.