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India Sends First Aid Shipment and Relief Material Via C17 Flight to Earthquake-hit Turkey

The advanced shipment of aid includes a NDRF search and rescue team

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INDIA: Turkey and Syria are currently dealing with the worst nightmares as the countries have been hit by massive earthquakes on Monday. The earthshaking disaster killed thousands of people, leaving many in a feeble condition.

On February 6, a deadly magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck portions of Syria and south-eastern Turkey early in the morning claimed more than 5,000 lives and injured thousands. Nine hours after the initial earthquake, there were approximately 200 aftershocks, each measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale.

PM Modi declared immediate help for Turkey

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This news came as a shock to many countries, whereas Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared immediate help for earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria.

India deployed the first batch of aid to Turkey with an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 as part of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) at 3:09 a.m. A second C-17 is ready to take off and is scheduled to fly with an NDRF team.

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According to reports, the Agra-based Army Field Hospital has been shifted by the Indian Army with 89 members of its medical team; this action was taken hours after the announcement of assistance.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar took to his Twitter account to confirm the latest update. He wrote, “First Indian C17 flight with more than 50 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel, specially trained dog squads, drilling machines, relief material, medicines, and other necessary utilities and equipment reaches Adana, Turkey.”

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The advanced shipment of aid includes a National Disaster Response Force search and rescue team, including both male and female personnel, highly-skilled dog squads, wholesome medical supplies, advanced drilling equipment, and other crucial tools sent for first aid.

This prompt action was apprised by the Turkish Ambassador Firat Sunel. He expressed his gratitude towards the Indian government by quoting a Turkish proverb, “Dost kara gunde belli olur,” which means “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”

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