“I pray that God protects us and all humanity from such natural disasters. ” ___ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members of the alliance were mobilizing support to help Turkey deal with the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquake. Stoltenberg expressed “full solidarity with our ally Turkey in the aftermath of this terrible earthquake... NATO Allies are mobilizing support now. ”In a tweet, Stoltenberg said he was in contact with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
India said it would send 100 members of its Natural Disaster Response Force, specially trained dog squads and equipment to Turkey. Medical teams with trained doctors, paramedics and essential medicines are also ready, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. South Korea will dispatch a 60-person search and rescue team and also send medical supplies. In announcing the plan Tuesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol described Turkey as a “brother nation” that sent troops to fight alongside South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War. Turkey lost more than 700 of its forces in action. Jeon Ha Gyu, spokesperson of South Korea’s Defense Ministry, said the ministry was arranging plans with related agencies to mobilize military aircraft to transport the rescue workers and aid supplies.
In a statement Monday, Anastasia Zoteeva, general manager at the Akkuyu plant, said experts have not detected any damage to the buildings, equipment and cranes and that construction and assembly work are continuing at the site. ___Turkey’s disaster management agency has reported that a new earthquake of magnitude 7. 6 occurred close to the epicenter of Monday’s previous deadly quake, which also generated dozens of aftershocks. S. Geological Survey recorded the magnitude of the latest shock that occurred around 1024 GMT at 7. 5 magnitude, with a depth of just 10 kilometers.
— Rescuers worked to pull more survivors from the rubble as cold, snowy conditions shorten the time needed to save lives. — The earthquake wreaked new damage and suffering in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave after years of fighting and bombardment. — Dozens of countries are sending experts and aid to help rescue efforts. — What to know about the science behind the powerful quake and its aftershocks. — Soccer player Christian Atsu is missing and believed trapped under rubble. — A glance at some of the world’s deadliest earthquakes since 2000.
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In a televised address, Erdogan announced that Turkey’s death toll had reached 912, adding that about 5, 400 people were injured, while around 2, 470 people were rescued from collapsed structures. Some 3, 000 buildings collapsed in the earthquake, he said. His announcement brought the death toll in Turkey and neighboring Syria to more than 1, 300 people. “Because the debris removal efforts are continuing in many buildings in the earthquake zone, we do not know how high the number of dead and injured will rise, ” Erdogan said. “Our hope is that we recover from this disaster with the least loss of life possible, he added.
In a joint statement, High Representative Josep Borrell and the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic said teams have been mobilized from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania to support the first responders on the ground.
The Rev. Francesco Patton, the Jerusalem-based Custos of the Holy Land, says he will open all of the church’s buildings in northern Syria to provide shelter for families who have lost their homes. His office, the Custodia Terrae Sanctae, says the properties can shelter hundreds of people and provide food and medical care for thousands. ___Diplomats from the 193 member countries of the United Nations have stood in silent tribute to victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
The latest shock was felt as far as the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, where people took to social media to post footage of swaying curtains, while employees working in some high-rise buildings in the capital, Nicosia, quickly rushed outside. ___ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said offers for help had been received from some 45 countries in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly earthquake and powerful, still ongoing aftershocks.
Shallow earthquakes cause more damage. It put the temblor near the town of Ekinozu, Turkey, also close to the southeastern city of Gaziantep which has a population of 2 million people and where the temperatures on Monday were hovering just above freezing. Orhan Tatar, an official from the Turkish disaster agency, told reporters that the two quakes were independent of each other. He said hundreds of aftershocks were expected after both.
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General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi on Monday extended “our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences” to the government and people of both countries. He then asked diplomats “to stand and observe a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives. ” Kőrösi spoke at the start of a meeting to hear Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outline his priorities for 2023. ___Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said such a disaster could hit “once in a hundred years” and that his country should be prepared for the death toll to rise. Oktay also said some 145 aftershocks have been registered following the deadly quake overnight, with three that were larger than 6. 0 magnitude.
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