Ukraine is sending a combined search and rescue team of the State Emergency Service to Turkey to assist in the aftermath of the earthquake. This is stated in the order of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.
87 people, including 10 crew members, will be sent by plane and by road.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Kyiv would send rescuers and equipment in the near future. “Ukrainian specialists have relevant experience in overcoming the consequences of natural disasters and will arrive in the affected regions in the shortest possible time,” he wrote.
On the night of February 6, a powerful earthquake occurred in Turkey. The epicenter of the shocks was located in the province of Kahramanmarash, the strength of the shocks reached 7.7 points. The shocks were also felt in Syria, Lebanon and Armenia. On the afternoon of February 6, Turkey experienced the second powerful earthquake in a day, also with a magnitude of 7.6. The death toll as a result of the earthquake reached 3,703 people, 22,286 were injured, Anadolu news agency reported, citing the Office for the Prevention and Elimination of Consequences of Emergency Situations.
About six thousand buildings were destroyed. Erdogan has already stated that the earthquake was the biggest disaster in Turkish history since Erzincan in 1939. National mourning has been declared in the republic until February 12, and a state of emergency will be in effect in ten provinces for three months.
According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko, as a result of the earthquake in Turkey, two citizens of Ukraine were probably killed. The embassy checks this information. Four injured Ukrainians are known. Diplomats have tracked down 38 citizens and continue to work with the Turkish authorities to find the other 19 Ukrainians who do not get in touch.
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