Turkey Appreciates International Assistance in Rescue and Rescue Work after Earthquakes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that he had rescued more than 8,000 people trapped under the rubble of last week’s earthquake, while thanking international aid, Telesur reported.

In a video message sent to the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Erdogan thanked all countries for the help they provided in search and rescue and relief efforts after the powerful earthquakes.

He also mentioned that a large number of earthquake victims – more than 81,000 people – have been discharged from hospitals.

Erdogan promised to begin reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected areas very soon.

“I would like to once again thank all the friendly and fraternal countries that collected aid for our people day and night, supported our search and rescue operations with their teams and did not forget us in their prayers,” Erdogan added.

Turkey, which is experiencing one of the “greatest natural disasters” not only in its history, but in the history of mankind, will never forget “the friendship you showed on this dark day,” he said.

According to him, more than 100 countries of the world, mainly Arab states, have sent us help or expressed their condolences.

Rescuers rescued two other teenagers in Kahramanmaras

Rescuers managed to rescue two young people alive from under the rubble of buildings in the Turkish city of Kahramanmarash, nine days after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria last week.

Local media reported on the rescue of 17-year-old Mohammed Enes and 20-year-old Abdulbaki, who were taken to nearby hospitals after the rescue.

Rescuers hope to be able to rescue another 18-year-old Turkish boy in the city of Adiyaman.

The rescue of two young people in the town of Kahramanmarash was hailed as a miracle by rescuers, as it came more than a week after a powerful earthquake shook at least ten provinces in Turkey and northern Syria.

It is estimated that tens of thousands of people are still buried under the rubble of hundreds of buildings and other structures that collapsed after the earthquake.

According to the Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Agency (AFAD), about 240,000 people, as well as about 12,322 vehicles and construction equipment, are in the areas most affected by the earthquake.

The organization said in its latest report that about 34,500 people have died and more than 158,000 have been evacuated to other provinces in the country.

The Turkish government held the builders of the buildings responsible for the number of deaths and injuries caused by the earthquake.

In Syria, the governor of the coastal province of Latakia, Amer Hilal, has announced an end to the search for survivors and bodies from the rubble of the earthquake that rocked the Arab nation.

In press statements, he said that the number of people affected by this natural disaster exceeds 142,000 people in his province, where 47 shelters have been opened for those left homeless.

The governor specified that the earthquake death toll had risen to 805 dead and 1,131 injured, with 103 buildings completely destroyed and 247 buildings in danger of collapse.

He added that safety committees have been formed to locate buildings at risk of collapse, and to date they have completed an assessment of about 70 percent of properties.

Latakia, along with the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama, have been declared disaster zones by the government.

WHO seeks $43 million to support earthquake response

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a $43 million appeal Tuesday to support earthquake responses in Syria and Turkey, while the total death toll in both countries exceeds 37,000.

WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said he expects “that number to at least double in the coming days as we get a better estimate of the extent of this crisis and the needs.”

At a press conference on urgent health needs and the response in Turkey following last week’s earthquakes, Kluge stressed that the WHO had carried out the largest deployment of emergency medical teams in the European Region in its 75-year history.

“We are witnessing the largest natural disaster in the WHO European Region in a century. We are still studying its scope. Its true value is not yet known,” he said.

Added to this death toll are 1,414 deaths in areas controlled by the Syrian government and nearly 2,300 in areas held by terrorist groups backed by the occupying forces, most of whom, according to Civil Defense, are from the United States. like white helmets.

On Tuesday, a World Health Organization (WHO) aid plane landed at Damascus International Airport carrying 37 tons of emergency supplies, supplies to treat pneumonia and tents for earthquake victims.

Another UNICEF aid plane arrived in the Syrian capital from Denmark with 25 tons of medical supplies to help victims of the earthquake.

Earthquakes of magnitude 7.6 and 7.7 were concentrated in Kahramanmaras and affected nine other provinces: Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa.

They also hit several countries and caused widespread destruction in northern Syria.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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