Turkey Earthquake Update: The devastating earthquake that struck on Monday (February 6) in Turkey has killed hundreds of people. Thousands of people were injured and hundreds of buildings were leveled. Prime Minister Modi mourned the death of people in the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Along with this, India has also extended a helping hand in dealing with this tragedy. Learn about the great things related to the Turkey earthquake.
1. The most powerful earthquake of this century shook Turkiye (Turkey) and Syria on Monday morning. More than 2,300 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured in Monday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Rescue work is underway to save people trapped in the rubble. There have been three devastating earthquakes in a row of magnitude 7.8, 7.6 and 6.0 in Turkiye (Turkey).
2. More than 50 aftershocks occurred in Turkiye (Turkey) after the earthquake. Eyewitnesses felt the second impact as far as Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and Erbil, the city in Iraqi Kurdistan. The US Geological Survey said the first magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred at 4:17 am at a depth of about 17.9 kilometers (11 miles) near the city of Gaziantep in Turkiye, Turkey.
3. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the 7.8-magnitude quake as the country’s “biggest disaster” since 1939. He said more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 3,000 injured. Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmania, Hatay and Kilis provinces were severely affected by the earthquake.
4. Erdogan said: “The number of people evacuated from the rubble has reached 2,470. The number of collapsed buildings is 2,818.” Vice President Fuat Oktay said Erdogan has been taking updates since the time of the quake and reviewing relief efforts.
5. The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said Monday’s powerful earthquake in Turkiye, Turkey, and neighboring Syria was felt as far as Greenland. We recorded both the earthquake and many aftershocks in Denmark and Greenland.
6. Many world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their sorrow for the loss of life due to this terrible earthquake. PM Modi tweeted that I am saddened by the loss of life and property due to the earthquake in Turkiye, Turkey. Condolences to the grieving families. I wish the speedy recovery of the injured. Tagging a tweet from Turkish (Turkish) President Rajab Tayyab Erdoğan, Prime Minister Modi said that India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey (Turkey) and stands ready to provide all possible assistance in dealing with this tragedy.
7. In another tweet, Prime Minister Modi said he was deeply saddened to learn that the devastating earthquake also hit Syria. My condolences to the families of the victims. We share the plight of the Syrian people and are committed to providing help and support during this difficult time.
8. Following the instructions of the Prime Minister, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra held a meeting at South Block to discuss immediate relief measures. According to a statement issued by the PMO, it was decided that the NDRF and the medical teams with relief material would be sent to Turkey immediately in coordination with the Government of the Republic of Turkey.
9. For the relief and rescue work, two teams from the NDRF, a squad of specially trained dogs and the necessary equipment were prepared to be sent to the area affected by the earthquake. There are 100 people on both teams.
10 Along with this, a team of trained doctors and paramedics will also be dispatched with the necessary medicines. The statement said that the relief material will be sent in coordination with the Government of Turkey, the Indian Embassy in Ankara and the Indian Consulate General in Istanbul.
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