At least 19 thousand people are now dead following that massive earthquake earlier this week in Turkey and Syria. More than 16,000 of those deaths are in Turkey. The quake was a magnitude seven-point-eight. Turkey's foreign minister noted dozens of nations and international organizations have stepped up to provide aid.
Members of Virginia's Task Force One search and rescue team are on site, and in DC, the Turkish Embassy is collecting donations of formula, baby blankets and cold medicine for kids. It posted a list of other much-needed items such as coats, pants, pocket heaters, boots and tents. And there is a condolence book at the embassy which you can sign.