On Monday at 04:17, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 occurred in Kahramanmaras, Turkiye. A second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 occurred in the same city at noon. Thousands of people were injured and lost their lives in theearthquake. While the search and rescue efforts were in progress, messages of condolence and aid came from world leaders.
On the orders of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a search and rescue team of 50 people and 25 tons of relief supplies departed for Turkiye this morning by plane belonging to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
On the orders of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a search and rescue team of 145 people was sent from Mexico.
Bernardo Aguilar Calvo, Director General of the European Department of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his statement at the airport, "We are about to board a Mexican Air Force plane with 93 personnel from the Ministry of Defense, 37 from the Navy, 15 from the Red Cross personnel, in order to help our brothers in Turkiye. We hope them to arrive in Turkiye soon."
US President Joe Biden spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to offer condolences and reaffirm Washington's readiness to assist in rescue efforts after a huge earthquake killed thousands across a swathe of Turkiye and northwest Syria.
Samantha Power, Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that they have assigned the personnel of two separate fire departments as the Disaster Relief Response Team (DART) to help those who were under the rubble in the earthquakes that occurred in Turkiye.
By the order of Azerbaijani President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, a group of Azerbaijani army medical personnel has been sent to Turkiye. It consists of 370 people and will help those injured in the earthquake in Turkiye.
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that he will send a search and rescue team to Turkiye after the Kahramanmaras-based earthquakes.
It has been reported that 2 search and rescue teams of 136 people under the wreckage of France sent due to the earthquakes in Kahramanmaras.
In a statement on Twitter, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna stated that 2 sub-wreck search and rescue teams of 136 people under the French Ministry of Interior were on their way to Turkiye.
Malta also sent supports. The rescue teams of Malta set out for Turkiye. Ian Borg, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Trade of Malta, shared on his Twitter account that he sent the search and rescue team of the Ministry of Interior, Security, Reforms and Equality from Malta Airport.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen stated that he was "deeply sorry" for the Kahramanmaras-centered earthquake and announced that he had given instructions for the preparation of an emergency aid program. Cohen stated that he instructed his Ministry to prepare an emergency aid program. On the other hand, it was shared that Israeli Defense Minister Yoaz Gallant gave instructions to the Israeli army and Ministry institutions to provide humanitarian aid,
The government of India initiated relief efforts and deployed a C-17 aircraft with search-and-rescue personnel, dog squads, medicines and other relief material. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said a second air force plane with more relief material is ready for departure.
China will give a first tranche of $5.9 million in emergency aid to help Turkiye’s relief efforts after this week’s major earthquake. China International Development Cooperation Agency expressed condolences and concern for the loss of life and property on Monday.
Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) “can set up camps to provide shelter as well as water treatment units”, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said.
The THW agency is also preparing generators, tents and blankets.
Berlin will also increase its assistance to charities such as Malteser International providing humanitarian aid in northwest Syria by $1.1m, she said.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece, telephoned President Erdogan offering “immediate assistance”. He offered immediate dispatch of rescuers and supplies on a C-130 military plane.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said Italy’s Civil Protection was standing by to contribute support and provide first aid.