- Relief supplies will be sent out in coordination with the Turkish government, the Indian Embassy in Ankara, and the Consulate General office in Istanbul
- The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 20,000 people could have died because of the earthquake, and rescue efforts are still going on.
India sent its first batch of earthquake relief supplies to Turkey on Monday morning on an Indian Air Force plane. Turkey and Syria are still in shock after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 4,000 people and hurt tens of thousands in both countries.
Thousands of people are still stuck under the rubble in Aleppo, Hama, and Tartus in Syria and Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, and Adana in Turkey. They are waiting for help from international aid groups.
India has sent a search and rescue team made up of both men and women from the National Disaster Response Force.
India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilites in action.
The 1st batch of earthquake relief material leaves for Türkiye, along with NDRF Search & Rescue Teams, specially trained dog squads, medical supplies, drilling machines & other necessary equipment. pic.twitter.com/pB3ewcH1Gr
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 6, 2023
The team is carrying high-tech drilling tools and other important tools that Turkey needs to get people out of the rubble. A wide range of medical supplies and other necessities, as well as dog squads, are being sent to Turkey to help with the relief efforts.
“Yesterday night, an IAF C-17 took off for Turkey. This plane will carry Search and Rescue teams from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF). It is part of a larger relief effort that the IAF and other Indian groups will work on together, said Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
After a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday afternoon, it was decided to send rescue teams to Turkey (PMO). “Medical teams with trained doctors and paramedics and important medicines are also being put together. “Relief supplies will be sent out in coordination with the Turkish government, the Indian Embassy in Ankara, and the Consulate General office in Istanbul,” the PMO said in a statement.
At the meeting in the PMO, the Cabinet Secretary and representatives from the Ministries of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Defence forces, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) were present.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 20,000 people could have died because of the earthquake, and rescue efforts are still going on. The rescue work is likely to keep going on all this week. After a decade of war, the infrastructure in rebel-held northwestern Syria is also in bad shape. It is also unclear how much help the Syrian government will give to those who have been hurt by the earthquake.