A global relief effort is gearing up for the earthquake-devastated region in Turkey and Syria under daunting logistical circumstances. The Wall Street Journal reports that critical infrastructure was crumbled in the quakes that have killed thousands of people and destroyed buildings, bridges and roads.
Groups such as Direct Relief are gathering medical supplies at warehouses from California to the Netherlands, while other organizations are pulling together other goods and securing airfreight space to get material to desperate populations. One official says the sheer volume of goods can create a logistical hurdle since donated aid is often flown to a troubled region without preparations for how it will be distributed.
For now, transportation and logistics are a major concern. Supply chain risk management company Everstream Analytics says many routes into and out of the region by ocean, air and road are blocked or heavily congested.
The aftermath of the earthquakes is also impacting major Black Sea and Mediterranean ports, potentially having global impacts, says project44's. The supplier of software and analytics for supply chain visibility says the Port of Iskenderun has halted exports while Port of Mersin's export dwell time rose to 10.63 days. These changes could potentially agitate the ongoing oil shortage across the globe.
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