RPI professor, civil engineer says Turkey-Syria quake comes with lessons

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An RPI professor and civil engineer says we need to take lessons that we have learned from previous disasters, and apply them now to better respond to Monday’s earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Dr. José Holguín-Veras said at the moment, the best way to help is with money.

That’s because he says supplies can be held up in customs for weeks, and not address the immediate need.

“In moments like this, these people do not need supplies. They do not need clothing,” he said. “What they need is money, and basically money and donations are…by far one of the most effective ways to help the people.” Close to 12,000 people were confirmed dead as of Wednesday evening, with the number continuing to rise.