Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a plane load of care items to the victims of recent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, which have claimed more than 50,000 lives to date.

The devastating Feb. 6 earthquakes — measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale — struck south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria with thousands of people still missing, injured or homeless.

In Turkey, more than 500,000 people have been evacuated from the affected area while news agency Reuters has said 160,000 buildings either collapsed or were damaged in the tragedy.