According to Qatari officials, 10,000 cabins and caravans used for the World Cup will be sent to Turkey and Syria to house people who lost their homes in a devastating earthquake.
After the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck early Monday and killed at least 33,000 people and completely destroyed entire neighborhoods in both countries, the UN has warned that millions may need assistance.
According to a Qatari official who spoke to AFP, “We have taken the decision to ship our cabins and caravans to the region in order to provide much-needed and immediate support to the people of Turkey and Syria, in light of the urgent needs in those countries.”
When Qatar hosted the football World Cup the previous year, the mobile homes were used for a few weeks. They would be donated following the competition, according to officials.
Officials from Qatar who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media said that the first shipment is expected to leave Doha port for Turkey on Monday, and additional deliveries are expected to take place in the days that follow.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the emir of the Gulf state, was the first foreign head of state to travel to Turkey since the earthquake last week on Sunday.