Cryptocurrency Exchanges Offer Assistance to Earthquake-Hit Turkey

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Cryptocurrency Exchanges Offer Assistance to Earthquake-hit Turkey

Major crypto exchanges have offered to help the people of Turkey to overcome the consequences of this week’s devastating earthquake. While the crypto industry pledged support, the country’s financial authorities allowed the raising of relief funds through cryptocurrency donations for a charity organization.

Leading Exchanges Commit to Supporting the Victims of the Earthquake in Turkey

The global crypto trading sector has quickly reacted to the news of the deadly earthquake that brought destruction to parts of Turkey and the region. Over the past few years, the country became a growing crypto market and digital asset exchanges are now offering to help Turkish traders, their families, and neighbors in need.

Binance, the world’s largest trading platform for cryptocurrencies, announced on Tuesday it will airdrop $100 of BNB tokens to all of its users living in the most affected areas. The company said it will identify the customers that qualify based on proof of address and disperse a total of around $5 million. It also emphasized:

Crypto transfers are now increasingly being used to deliver financial aid to disaster victims as they provide fast, low-cost, borderless, and transparent transactions.

Furthermore, Binance Charity is now accepting donations in several coins that will be converted to Turkish lira and sent to an NGO. “We hope that our efforts will bring some relief to those affected. We are also calling on our industry peers to once again come together to offer support in these times of crisis,” Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao was quoted as saying.

Competitors like Huobi, Okx, Bybit, and others have promised to support Turkey as well. Okx will provide 1 million Turkish lira (over $53,000) in financial assistance for the victims of the natural disaster, according to a statement by its Chief Marketing Officer Haider Rafique. Bitget is donating the same amount of money.

Huobi CEO Justin Sun unveiled the establishment of a 2 million lira relief fund by the Tron exchange and blockchain in memory of those who lost their lives in the powerful earthquake. The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude tremor, which struck Southeastern Turkey and Western Syria on Monday, continues to rise and is already exceeding 9,000.

Coinex said in a Facebook post it’s ready to help people in both countries while Bitmex tweeted it will donate the proceeds of its trading competition this week to the Turkish Red Crescent. Bitfinex and Tether expressed their condolences and pledged 5 million lira towards immediate humanitarian aid and recovery efforts. They will also “seek ways to provide continued support towards helping Turkiye rebuild for the future.”

Our thoughts are with all the people who have been affected by the tragic Turkey-Syria earthquake today.

BitMEX will be donating the proceeds of this week’s Trading Competition to the @RedCrescent, and we encourage those who can donate to do the same. #GeçmişOlsunTürkiye

— BitMEX (@BitMEX) February 6, 2023

Singapore-based crypto exchange Bybit announced it will send $100,000 to Turkey’s Disaster and Management Authority (AFAD). Meanwhile, the country’s Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) approved an initiative by a charity called Ahbap to raise donations in cryptocurrency, according to its founder, Turkish singer Haluk Levent. The campaign will continue until Feb. 13

Do you expect other companies from the crypto industry to join these exchanges in helping Turkey to deal with the disaster? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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