Vietnam offers US$200,000 in relief aid to Turkey, Syria quake victims


VOV.VN - Vietnam will provide Turkey and Syria with US$100,000 each as relief aid to support their recovery efforts following a devastating earthquake that hit both countries on February 6, announced Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Search and rescue work is getting underway in Turkey.
Search and rescue work is getting underway in Turkey.

In a letter of condolence to the Presidents of Turkey and Syria, Chinh said Vietnam will continue to take necessary support measures in the time ahead.

Last week Vietnam dispatched two delegations comprising 100 military personnel and police officers, along with equipment, to Turkey to join search and rescue operations there.

On February 11, the Vietnamese and Pakistani teams saved a teenager from the rubble after being trapped underneath for 138 hours in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey.

About 76 Vietnamese military soldiers and officers along with sniffer dogs and other special equipment joined rescue missions on Rustem Tumer Pasa road, one of the hardest hit places in Turkey.

They also brought with them about 10 tonnes of food to support local people there.

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake on February 6 had killed more than 37,300 Turkish and Syrian people as of February 13. The Turkish government has called for help from the international community.

Rescuers from dozens of countries are working at the scene trying to find survivors trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings and apartment blocks.



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