Worldwide aid campaigns continue as Turkey tries to heal the wounds of 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes that occurred in Pazarcık and Elbistan districts of Kahramanmaraş and caused destruction in 10 provinces.
According to the latest statement made by AFAD on Thursday, 6,479 foreign rescue workers were dispatched to earthquake zones. In a statement made on Wednesday, it was reported that search and rescue teams from 66 countries were on the ground, and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday, “We received offers of assistance from 95 countries and 16 international organizations.”
MORE THAN 100 TONS OF AID COLLECTED IN WASHINGTON
In addition to the Americans, other nationalities participated in the aid campaign that started 3 days ago at the Turkish Embassy in Washington. Winter clothes, food, and other aid materials brought to the embassy for earthquake victims were packed, then loaded on trucks and sent to the airport to be loaded on Turkish Airlines planes. According to the information received from the embassy, the aid collected exceeded 100 tons. Diplomatic missions of other countries in Washington also participated in the aid campaign.
Aziza Ebrahem, Representative of the Virginia Muslim Association, said: “We understand that there is a need for warm clothing. That’s why today we brought thick clothes to be sent to both Syria and Turkey.’ Afghan Hasib Ahmed came to help the embassy and said: “Afghans and Turks are brother nations. We are one and we will overcome this challenge together.”
USA: OUR SUPPORT WILL CONTINUE
US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price expressed his condolences to those who lost their lives in the earthquakes that struck Turkey and affected Syria as well.
Sharing the information that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and exchanged views on how the US can continue its support for the Earthquake region, Price said that a US disaster relief team of 200 people is in the earthquake area, as well as two experienced personnel equipped with special equipment. He emphasized that the rescue team also provided support to the region with first aid supplies and medical equipment. The teams included first aid and logistics specialists, engineers and medical professionals, Price added.
HUNGARY TEAM SAVE THE LITTLE 1.5-YEAR-OLD CHILD
Hungary’s Pest city search and rescue team arrived in Hatay on February 7 and started working. The team pulled a mother and her baby alive from the rubble today.
The moments of the Pest city team rescuing those under the rubble, including the 1.5-year-old little boy taken out yesterday, were caught on camera.
EMOTIONAL MESSAGE FROM THE SPANISH TEAM
Spain’s Bomberos GIRECAN search and rescue team, racing against time and having no time to rest and meet needs,
Sharing the meat pita that the local people offered to them, ‘They almost stopped us on the way to take these foods… they don’t allow us to pay for breakfast and dessert… all the people became emergency teams. Remember, they are the heroes. We are just your hope,’ he shared on Twitter.