TITUSVILLE, Fla. — More than 25,000 people have died after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummeled southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria.
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And millions are without homes.
Both countries are facing a humanitarian crisis, with the search and recovery efforts still underway days after the disaster.
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In Central Florida, a team from Titusville will make the trek to Turkey.
Air Mobile Ministries is taking food, clothing and fresh water to people recovering from the disaster.
The faith-based organization’s leader, Joe Hurston, is no stranger to disaster recovery.
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His organization has responded to tragedies all over the world for years.
Hurston takes loads of supplies on every trip. He said the machine that purifies water is the most important.
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The team met Saturday morning at the Space Coast Regional Airport. Their next stop was Miami, where they caught a flight to Turkey.
“This (earthquake) is really bad in this region. It’s the worst in 100 years,” Thurston said. “The death toll is rising (and) it’s just going to be a matter of hours before clean water is going to be one of the major needs.”
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