A massive search operation is underway in Turkey and Syria hit by the massive earthquake that killed more than 11,000 people. The World Health Organization warned that 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
New Delhi: The situation has worsened due to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. A total of 11,416 people have died so far. The number of injured has reached close to 40 thousand. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said that one Indian national is missing and ten are stranded in remote areas of earthquake-hit Turkey. Addressing a press conference, MEA Secretary Sanjay Verma said that India has set up a control room in Adana, Turkey.
10 Indians are stranded – Ministry of External Affairs
Sanjay Verma said – We have set up a control room in Adana, Turkey. 10 Indians are stranded in remote parts of the affected areas, but they are safe. An Indian national who was on a business trip is missing. We are in touch with his family and company in Bengaluru.
Under #OperationDost, India is sending search and rescue teams, a field hospital, materials, medicines and equipment to Türkiye and Syria.
This is an ongoing operation and we would be posting updates. pic.twitter.com/7YnF0XXzMx
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 8, 2023
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The ministry also informed that around 3,000 Indian nationals live in Turkey and they have received calls from 75 people seeking assistance.
India sent relief material
In addition, India has sent relief material to Turkey, including medical supplies, a mobile hospital and specialized search and rescue teams. Aid was dispatched in two C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft to help the country in the wake of a series of devastating earthquakes that shook the country.
Officials have said that the weather conditions in Turkey are bad but the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams are well equipped. An official of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “The NDRF teams have gone with self-sustaining targets. We don’t want to be a further burden on the local population, so we are fully prepared for 15 days.”