Over 600 Killed So Far In Turkey Earthquake, India to Dispatch Medical Teams

Guwahati: Over 600 people have already killed as a result of the terrible 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey early on Monday.

At least 641 people have been killed as a result of the collapse of hundreds of buildings, and many more are likely still trapped under the rubble.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has declared that it will transport medical teams, relief supplies, and paramedics in collaboration with the Turkish government, the Indian Embassy in Ankara and the Indian Consulate General in Istanbul.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) will also send 100-person search and rescue teams to the earthquake-stricken nation along with specially trained dog squads and the essential supplies.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) chaired by Dr PK Mishra, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A second earthquake, measuring about 6.8 on the Richter scale, occurred after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook central Turkey. Ten minutes separated the two tremors.

The tremors, according to sources, were felt as far away as Cyprus, Lebanon, and Syria. Major damage was done by the earthquake, which led to the collapse of many buildings. Officials reported that the earthquake caused numerous buildings in Aleppo, in northern Syria, to collapse.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter that “search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched” to the areas hit by the quake.

Moreover using Twitter, the US National Security Advisor promised Turkey prompt support to help the earthquake-stricken nation recover.

There have also been fatalities recorded in a number of southern Turkish provinces. Buildings were reported to have been destroyed in Turkey and Syria, where earthquakes were also felt.

According to the news agency Associated Press, the epicentre of the earthquakes was roughly 20 miles or 33 kilometres from the province capital and large city of Gaziantep. 16 miles or 26 kilometres separated it from Nurdagi town.

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