Greece is sending special search and rescue forces to Turkey after a 7.8 Richter earthquake devastated large areas in the South-East and North Syria, having trapped thousands of people in the debris early Monday morning.
Greece is one of the first countries to respond to turkey’s appeal for help and assistance.
The team of EMAK Rescuers of the Greek Fire Service consists of 25 people and is scheduled to fly to earthquake-ridden region later today.
Meanwhile, the political leadership of the country has expressed its deep sorrow over the loss of lives and expressed their grief on Twitter.
Overwhelmed by the images of destruction caused by earthquake in 🇹🇷 and 🇸🇾. On behalf of the Greek people and myself, I express my condolences to the families of the victims. We stand in solidarity, support the work of the rescue teams, and wish speedy recovery to the injured.
— President GR (@PresidencyGR) February 6, 2023
Deeply saddened by the devastating earthquake disaster in Türkiye and Syria. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with all the people affected. Greece is mobilizing its resources and will assist immediately.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 6, 2023
Profoundly saddened by the loss of life & damage following the devastating earthquake that hit #Türkiye & #Syria. Our thoughts are w/ the victims’ families, the injured & the rescue crews fighting to save lives. #Greece has mobilised its resources & is ready to provide assistance pic.twitter.com/gcJAk5QW9o
— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) February 6, 2023
According to latest information by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan,912 people have died and over 5,000 have been injured in Turkey, so far.
Over 640 people have been killed and hundreds injured as they slept in #Turkey and #Syria after a major #earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck in the early hours today (Feb 6).
Catch #LIVE updates here: https://t.co/5oWqhpOuXj #TurkeyEarthquake #syriaearthquake pic.twitter.com/KNGkcL3cyA
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) February 6, 2023
Hundreds or thousands remain trapped in the collapsed multi-story residential buildings with rescue teams and locals doing their best to save them in time.
It is estimated that over 2,000 buildings have collapsed in SE Turkey.