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9 Feb 2023

Apparel Resources News-Desk

Turkey: Textile mills used to provide shelter & food for local communities following earthquake

"Turkish textile exporters take action to aid victims of the earthquake", 9 February 2023

Aid campaigns have been started by textile exporters for the victims of the Turkey earthquake...

Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (ITHIB) President Ahmet Öksüz stated, “We express our condolences to the citizens who lost their relatives and to our country, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We, as business people, are also taking action after the disaster where the whole Türkiye is united as one heart. As exporters under the leadership of TIM, we are launching an aid campaign for our citizens in the earthquake region.”...

Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association (IDMIB) Chairperson, Güven Karaca said in a written statement “We express our condolences to the citizens who lost their lives and to our country, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. As Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters Union (IDMIB), we have contacted our related associations and foundations in order to be with our people affected by the earthquakes. We took action with the aim of delivering 50 thousand pairs of winter shoes and boots to the disaster area.”

In the cities affected by the earthquake, local chains started to transport emergency supplies to the distribution centres in the regions with the coordination of Governorships, District Governorships, Municipalities, Mukhtars, AFAD and Red Crescent, stated Türkiye Retailers Federation (TPF) President Ömer Düzgün.

Undamaged textile mills in Diyarbakır are being used to meet the needs of shelter and food. Mehmet Kaya, President of the Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that there were no serious problems in the industrial facilities in the province and disclosed that industrialists in the region have suspended production for a week and are now using their factories for the needs of shelter and food for the victims of the earthquake.