Model behavior: Bella Hadid goes incognito as she arrives at New York City’s Turkish House to donate humanitarian aid for earthquake survivors in Turkey
Bella Hadid proved to be a model citizen on Friday, as she stepped out to deliver supplies to New York City’s Turkish House for survivors of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake.
The 26-year-old supermodel went incognito in glasses and a headscarf as she volunteered to help, carrying a large Amazon box of supplies.
Bella’s efforts come just days after a new 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Turkey and Syria that were laid waste by the massive tremor that killed around 45,000 people.
Officials said three people are confirmed to have died in the recent tremor after more buildings collapsed, trapping occupants, and several people were injured in both countries.
Monday’s earthquake was centred in the town of Defne, in Turkey’s Hatay province, one of the worst-hit regions in the magnitude 7.8 quake that hit on February 6.
It was felt in Syria, Jordan, Israel and as far away as Egypt, and was followed by a second magnitude 5.8 quake.
Humanitarian aid: Bella Hadid stepped out on Friday to deliver supplies to New York City’s Turkish House for survivors of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake on February 6.
A number of buildings collapsed in the new quake, trapping people inside, Hatay’s mayor Lutfu Savas said.
Muna Al Omar said she was in a tent in a park in central Antakya when the latest quake hit.
‘I thought the earth was going to split open under my feet,’ she said, crying as she held her 7-year-old son in her arms.
Two witnesses reported a strong quake and further damage to buildings in central Antakya which was hit by two massive earthquakes two weeks ago, causing tens of thousands of deaths and destroying buildings and infrastructure.
Other witnesses said Turkish rescue teams were running around after the latest quake, checking people were unharmed.
Giving: The 26-year-old delivered boxes of diapers from Target as well as packages from Amazon to those in need
Incognito: Bella Hadid looked somewhat incognito in her 1970s inspired look with a scarf covering her dark locks
Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey have returned to their homes in northwest Syria to get in touch with relatives affected by the devastation.
At the Turkish Cilvegozu border crossing, hundreds of Syrians lined up starting early today to cross.
Mustafa Hannan, who dropped off his pregnant wife and 3-year-old son, said he saw about 350 people waiting.
The 27-year-old car electrician said his family was leaving for a few months after their home in Antakya collapsed, taking up a pledge by authorities allowing them to spend up to six months in Syria without losing the chance to return to Turkey.
‘I’m worried they won’t be allowed back,’ he said. ‘We’ve already been separated from our nation. Are we going to be separated from our families now too? If I rebuild here but they can’t return, my life will be lost.’
Happy to help: Bella greeted volunteers working to help earthquake survivors with much needed supplies
Who’s that man: The model was accompanied by a dark haired, bearded man as she walked towards a car
Good deed: Bella pays condolences to Consul General of Turkiye in New York, Reyhan Ozgur as she arrives at Turkevi Center (Turkish House) to donate humanitarian aid for earthquake survivors in Turkiye
Giving back: The model clutched a cup of coffee as she greeted people at the Turkish House
Stylish icon: Bella held a pink Yeti-style cup on the unseasonably warm New York City day
Turkan Akbas, 40, a solicitor from Hackney, Greater London, and a spokesperson for the British Turkish Association, based in Luton, said: ‘Life will never be the same again.’
Ms Akbas said she lost relatives, including her cousin and her cousin’s five-year-old triplets, in the earthquake on February 6.
‘I am devastated,’ she said after news broke of today’s earthquake. ‘I am just worried about everyone back home.
‘Life will never be the same again… (I have) lost too many loved ones, and sad to see Turkey in the state it is currently in, but we will overcome this with the support of the whole world who have come together to support us.’
Ms Akbas said the BTA will continue to send aid including tents, blankets, baby food and hygiene supplies and is raising money to buy container houses for people who have lost their homes.
‘The 6.4 earthquake today followed by 5.8 magnitude aftershock has caused further buildings to collapse and three deaths and 213 injuries are confirmed at this time, which are expected to rise,’ she said.
Babe in blue jeans: Her very wide-legged jeans looked cozy and comfortable
Girl crush: Earlier this week, Selena Gomez admitted the model was her girl crush
Oversized: Bella’s jeans and coat were oversized, hiding her slim model figure
Chic bag: She carried a shiny black handbag as she got into the car on Friday
‘The earthquake has been felt in other parts of the countries but has mainly impacted Hatay.
‘The BTA charity Save1Life has sent a search, rescue and medical team together with medical supplies to Turkey to assist AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Authority) on the ground.
‘They have returned to the UK after one week of deployment.
‘The BTA are now trying to raise funds to purchase container houses to those who have lost their homes and are living in dire weather conditions in the regions affected by the earthquake.’
Tom Colley, a member of HelpAge International’s humanitarian response team who is in Gaziantep, described today’s scene as ‘very distressing’.
Mr Colley was in a meeting when the earthquake struck and was advised to stay in his hotel.
‘People are very frightened and are leaving the buildings, fearing the worst,’ he said.
‘Many are still in precarious circumstances after the earthquake a fortnight ago. This is very distressing.’
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