The cost of the damage caused in Turkey by the devastating earthquake of February 6 will reach “around 104 billion dollars” (97 million euros), it estimated today Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking via video at an international conference in Brussels to raise resources after last month’s devastating earthquake.

“Whatever its economic situation, it is impossible for a country to face a disaster of this magnitude alone”he stated the Turkish president.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, opening the conference, announced that the Commission would provide €1 billion in reconstruction aid to Turkey and €108 million in humanitarian aid to Syria following the earthquake that killed more than 56,000 people in those two countries. Countries.

In Syria, damages are estimated at $8.9 billion by the UN and the cost of emergency repairs at $14.8 billion.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) assessed the “total economic burden of the earthquake disaster” in Turkey at $103.6 billion and said this amounts to 9% of the country’s estimated GDP for 2023.

The UNDP had lamented a fortnight ago the little response to the UN’s emergency appeal in mid-February to raise more than a billion dollars for Turkey and almost $400 million for Syria. For Turkey, the funding so far only reaches 16% of the amount for which the UN appealed to be collected.