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WORLD NEWS | No information yet on any Indians trapped in Turkey in quake, envoy says

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Virander Paul (ANI), Ambassador of India to Turkey

Ankara [Turkey]Feb 11 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to Turkey Wiland Paul said on Saturday that there is no information yet on Indians trapped in Turkey earthquake.

“There are 3,000 Indians in Turkey. There are not many people in the quake-hit area, many have moved away. We are in touch with them. We have no information about any trapped Indians yet,” the ambassador said.

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Paul said: “The Indian army established a field hospital in Hatay province. Two C-17 aircraft brought the medical team needed to establish the hospital with 30 beds.”

The ambassador said that the situation in Turkey is very active. However, India remains responsive to the needs of the affected people. “The situation is very fluid and we encounter new requirements every day. In the case of India, we are still responsive to the needs of the people here,” Paul said.

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India’s National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), in cooperation with the Turkish army, rescued an 8-year-old girl from earthquake-hit Turkey on Friday.

In Nurdagi, Gaziantep, Turkey, a girl lives under the rubble of a building flattened by the earthquake.

“Hard work and motivation pay off; NDRF team, in cooperation with the Turkish Army, managed to rescue another living victim (8 year old girl) at 1545 hours: Bahceli Evler Mahallesi, Nurdagi, Gaziantep, Turkiye,” NDRF tweeted.

The NDRF tweet shared images of the ongoing rescue operation in Turkey.

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported on Saturday that rescuers pulled children from the rubble of the Turkey-Syria earthquake on Friday (local time), as the death toll surpassed 24,000.

The death toll has surpassed 24,000, four days after the worst earthquake in 20 years rocked southern Turkey and northwestern Syria.

The stench of death hangs over the eastern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras – the epicenter of Monday’s first predawn 7.8-magnitude earthquake that turned millions of lives upside down. According to France24, it is located in a remote area full of people displaced by the war.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said authorities should have responded more quickly to this week’s massive quake.

Erdogan, who visited Turkey’s Adiyaman province on Friday, acknowledged that the government’s response was not as swift as expected.

He said: “Although we now have the largest search and rescue team in the world, the reality is that the search work is not as fast as we would like.” (Arney)

(This is an unedited and auto-generated story from a Syndicated News feed, the content body may not have been modified or edited by LatestLY staff)


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