As part of “Operation Dost,” India is deploying a field hospital, supplies, and rescue personnel to the earthquake-stricken countries of Turkey and Syria, the foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday.
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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred on Monday while people were asleep destroyed thousands of buildings, trapped an undetermined number of people, and may have affected millions of people.
Operation Dost: Key Points
- Time is running out for the thousands of injured people and others who are still believed to be trapped, World Health Organization director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned.
- 9,500 people have now died as a result of the earthquake.
- Adana witnessed the landing of a fourth Indian Air Force C17 bearing aid for Turkey’s earthquake victims.
- India has received criticism from Turkey for being overly generous in aiding the nation following the devastating earthquake.
- Winter storms have made several roads, some of which were already damaged by the earthquake, nearly impassable, adding to the agony and causing kilometre-long traffic jams in some areas.
- One of the seismically active regions on the planet is at the Turkish-Syrian border.
- Turkey hadn’t experienced an earthquake of this size since 33,000 people died in the eastern region of Erzincan in 1939.
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Operation Dost: India being ‘Dost’ to Turkey by helping them in such difficult times
- Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to provide Turkey with all necessary aid on Day 1, India made the decision to dispatch search and rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force, medical teams, and relief supplies to the nation right away.
- Search teams and rescue supplies have started to arrive by plane, and dozens of countries, including the United States, China, and the Gulf States, have promised their support.