On Monday morning, three strong earthquakes hit Turkey, killing many people and causing much damage. Indian Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V Muraleedharan went to the Turkish embassy and talked to Ambassador Firat Sunel about how sad he was about the earthquake deaths and damage.
At 4:17 a.m., a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the southern province of Kahramanmaras (0117GMT). Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) says the quake happened 7 kilometres underground (4.3 miles).
The earthquake caused a lot of damage, and there were 78 aftershocks after the main one. A lot of damage was done in the provinces of Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis.
The third earthquake had a magnitude of 6.0, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). After the quakes, at least 1,498 people died, and 8,533 were hurt. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the 7.8 magnitude earthquakes were the worst thing to happen in Turkey since 1939.
MoS Muraleedharan told the Turkish Ambassador about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of sympathy and helping people in need. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that their emergency teams were ready to go to the areas in Turkey and Syria that were hit by earthquakes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in response to the disaster, “Sad about the people who died and the damage done by the earthquake in Turkey. We’re sorry for the families loss. May those who are hurt get better soon. India stands with the people of Turkey and is ready to help them in any way it can to deal with this terrible event.”
The Indian government has already sent a C17 plane with supplies and utilities to Adana, Turkey, to help those hurt by the earthquake. China, Australia, and New Zealand are among the other countries that have said they will help Turkey and Syria.
The number of deaths is still counted, and it’s not clear how bad the damage is. The fact that MoS Muraleedharan went to the Turkish embassy shows that India is standing by Turkey during this time of trouble. The Indian government is also ready to help those hurt by the earthquakes.
India’s government has said it is ready to help Turkey in any way possible and has already sent food, water, and medical supplies as emergency aid. India is also prepared to send its teams of experts, like the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and medical staff to help with search and rescue operations and give medical care to people whom the earthquakes hurt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India stands with the people of Turkey and will do everything possible to help. The Indian government has also offered to help Syria, which is close by and has also been hit by earthquakes, with supplies and technical help. This was a nice thing to do since the Syrian government has also had to deal with the effects of the ongoing civil war.
Turkey and Syria are still getting worse, and the Indian government will keep a close eye on them. The Indian government wants to help the people of the two countries in any way it can, and it will continue to help those whom the earthquakes hurt.