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Pakistan Did Not Let An Indian Plane With Emergency Relief For Turkey Into Its Airspace

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  • Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra held a meeting in South Block to talk about ways to help right away.
  • According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, which was cited by the Times of Israel, the earthquake was felt in Syria

Pakistan wouldn’t let an Indian NDRF plane fly over its airspace, so it had to take a different route to get aid to earthquake victims in Turkey.

Before, Turkey’s ambassador to India, Firat Sunel, called India “Dost” because of how generous the Indian government was when it sent money and supplies to help Turkey.

Firat Sunel thanked India for sending help to Turkey and said, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”

The Turkish ambassador thanked India on social media for helping Turkey.

“Dost is a common Turkish and Hindi word… We have a Turkish proverb: “Dost kara g√ľnde belli olur” (a friend in need is a friend indeed). “Thank you very much,” tweeted Firat Sunel.

Turkey has been hit by three very strong earthquakes in just 24 hours, which have caused a lot of damage.

On Monday, V Muraleedharan, who is the Union’s Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs, went to Turkey’s embassy to show his condolences. He also told them that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sorry and would help in any way he could.

India has sent rescue and medical teams to Turkey to help people there.

The office of the Prime Minister (PMO) said that a meeting had been held and that it had been decided that the NDRF search and rescue teams, medical teams, and relief supplies would be sent right away in coordination with the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

The PMO said in a statement that two teams of 100 people from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are ready to be flown to the area hit by the earthquake to help with search and rescue. Each team has specially trained dog squads and the necessary equipment.

“Medical teams with trained doctors and paramedics and important medicines are also being put together. “Relief supplies will be sent with the help of the Turkish government, the Indian Embassy in Ankara, and the Indian Consulate General office in Istanbul,” the PMO said.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra held a meeting in South Block to talk about ways to help right away.

At the meeting were the Cabinet Secretary and people from the Ministries of Home Affairs, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Defense forces, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

The earthquake’s centre was near the city of Gaziantep, which is in the south-central part of Turkey.

One of the biggest earthquakes to hit Turkey in more than a century shook the whole area, brought down buildings, and forced people out into the streets.

The US Geological Survey has found that there have been 24 aftershocks in Turkey. According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, which was cited by the Times of Israel, the earthquake was felt in Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Iraq, and even as far away as Romania, Georgia, and Egypt.

People all over the world sent their condolences after hearing that a big earthquake had killed many people in Turkey. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi went on Twitter to express his sadness over the deaths in Turkey and the surrounding areas.

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