India sending aid to earthquake-hit Turkey, thousands are feared dead

India has come forward to help earthquake-hit Turkey. Thousands of people are feared dead and buried under the debris due to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale. Meanwhile, India will immediately send relief materials, including NDRF and medical teams, for search and rescue operations in coordination with Turkey.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr PK Mishra held a meeting at South Block on Monday to discuss immediate relief measures. His meeting was organised after the Prime Minister directed him to provide immediate relief.

Two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel with specially trained dog squads and necessary equipment are ready to go to the quake-hit area for search and rescue operations. Medical teams are also being prepared with trained doctors and paramedics with essential medicines. The relief material will be sent in coordination between the Government of Turkey and the Embassy of India in Ankara and the Consulate General Office in Istanbul.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, NDMA, NDRF, Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his India Energy Week-2023 event in Bengaluru, Karnataka earlier this morning said that India is ready to provide all possible help to the earthquake-affected people. He had said that the government is keeping an eye on the devastating earthquake in Turkey. There are reports of many deaths and damages. There is also a possibility of damage in countries near Turkey. The sympathies of the 140 crore people of India are with all the earthquake-affected people.

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