Turkey-Syria Earthquake: More than 4,300 people have died in Turkey and neighboring Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on Monday morning. The Government of India has sent two NDRF teams to Turkey along with relief equipment on this occasion. NDRF Director General Atul Karwal has said that “The first team left on February 7 at 3 am with 51 rescuers. This includes 51 rescuers as well as a dog squad, five women rescuers and three cars. They will land at Adana Airport-which is near the disaster-affected area.”
New Delhi | First NDRF team left for Turkey at 3 AM on Feb 7 with 51 rescue staff, a canine squad; Five women rescue staff & three cars in the Indian Air Force plane. They will land near Adana airport in Turkey which is near the first site of disaster: Atul Karwal, DG, NDRF pic.twitter.com/XgiKNYtc2K
— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2023
After this, the second team left from Hindon airbase at 11 am, which included paramedic staff along with a commander, fifty rescuers and an NDRF doctor. Thanking the Government of India, Turkish Ambassador to India Firat Sunel has written on Twitter – “Friend is a common word in Turkish and Hindi. There is a proverb in our Turkish language which means that a friend in need is a friend indeed. Thank you very much.
“Dost” is a common word in Turkish and Hindi… We have a Turkish proverb: “Dost kara günde belli olur” (a friend in need is a friend indeed).
Thank you very much @narendramodi @PMOIndia @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @MOS_MEA #earthquaketurkey https://t.co/nB97RubRJU— Fırat Sunel February 6, 2023
The death toll from earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is continuously increasing. There has been huge devastation in Turkey and Syria. According to news agency ANI, a medical team of 89 people has left Army Field Hospital in Agra for relief work. Many medical experts are included in this team. The team will treat the injured. Apart from this, India has now also sent NDRF team for relief and rescue operations.
#Turkey earthquake | Agra-based Army Field Hospital has dispatched an 89-member medical team. The team comprises critical care specialist teams including Orthopedic Surgical Team, General Surgical Specialist Team, Medical Specialist Teams apart from other medical teams
— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2023
A strong tremor was felt near the city of Gaziantep on Monday. The second blow came soon after that. A question is arising as to why there have been so many deaths in these earthquakes? The magnitude of the earthquake near Gaziantep was 7.8. On the official scale, it is classified as very destructive. According to Professor Joanna Faure Walker, head of the Risk and Disaster Reduction Institute at University College London, “If we look at the devastating earthquakes that have occurred in any year, only two earthquakes of this magnitude have been recorded in the last ten years and four in the decade before that.”
However, due to the powerful tremors, there has been devastation on such a large scale. These earthquake tremors occurred on Monday morning, when people were inside houses and were sleeping. The strength of the buildings is also a factor in this devastation.