Turkey earthquake: PM Modi expresses grief, India to send aid
Earthquake tremors have been felt in Turkey and neighbouring countries. The tremors were felt 23 km east of Nurdagi. Its effect was seen till Syria. According to the information, many buildings have collapsed due to the earthquake. The intensity of the earthquake was measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale.
According to the information, at least 600 people have been killed in Turkey and about 2,300 people have been injured. More than 1,700 buildings in 10 cities were damaged, the report said, citing the country’s Vice President Fuat Oktay. At the same time, at least 237 people were killed and 639 were injured in Syria. Many deaths are also being feared in Israel and Lebanon.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was about 33 kilometre (20 miles) from Gaziantep and about 26 kilometres from the city of Nurdagi. It was centred at a depth of 18 kilometres. The tremors were felt as far away as Syria. The tremors were so strong that there were reports of damage to many buildings. According to the United States Geological Survey, there is a possibility of many casualties due to the earthquake.
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PM Modi expresses grief
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the earthquake incident. He said that he was saddened by the loss of life and property due to the earthquake in Turkey. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured get well soon. India stands in solidarity with the Turkish people and stands ready to provide all possible assistance to deal with this tragedy.
India to send aid
Search and rescue teams of NDRF and medical teams with relief material will be dispatched immediately in coordination with the Turkish government. 2 NDRF teams consisting of 100 personnel with specially trained dog squads and necessary equipment are ready to go to the earthquake affected area. According to the PMO, medical teams are also being prepared with trained doctors and paramedics along with essential medicines. The relief material will be sent in coordination with the Turkish government and the Embassy of India in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul.
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