At least 4000 people have been killed and thousands other onjured in the series of earthquakes that hit Turkey and war-ravaged Syria early Tuesday. WHO fears the death toll may rise up to 20,000. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which was centered in Turkey’s southeastern province of Kahramanmaras.
India has sent help to the quake-hit region. The government has dispatched a team of 100 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel and a dog squad along with advanced drilling machines, medical supplies, and to help Turkey in the search and rescue operations.
Responding to the tragedy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “Deeply pained to learn that the devastating earthquake has also affected Syria. My sincere condolences to the families of the victims. We share the grief of Syrian people and remain committed to provide assistance and support in this difficult time.”
He added, “Anguished by the loss of lives and damage of property due to the Earthquake in Turkey. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and is ready to offer all possible assistance to cope with this tragedy.”