Earthquake: Turkish envoy thanks 'dost' India for sending relief aid
Turkish envoy to India Firat Sunel on Tuesday termed India as a 'dost' (friend) and thanked the country for sending assistance at a time when a 7.7 magnitude earthquake has wreaked havoc in Turkey.
The envoy tweeted: "'Dost' is a common word in Turkish and Hindi... We have a Turkish proverb: 'Dost kara günde belli olur' (a friend in need is a friend indeed). Thank you very much."
The death toll from Monday's earthquakes in Turkey has touched 3,381, the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said Tuesday.
MoS @MoS_MEA visited Embassy of Türkiye to express condolences on the devastation caused by today's earthquakes.Conveyed PM @narendramodi’s message of sympathy & humanitarian support. Underscored readiness to send relief material,as well as NDRF & medical teams to assist Türkiye. pic.twitter.com/dFDkpqZtlh— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 6, 2023
At least 20,426 people were injured after the devastating earthquakes, which destroyed 5,775 buildings, the AFAD said.
"Dost" is a common word in Turkish and Hindi... We have a Turkish proverb: "Dost kara günde belli olur" (a friend in need is a friend indeed).— Fırat Sunel फिरात सुनेल فرات صونال (@firatsunel) February 6, 2023
Thank you very much 🇮🇳@narendramodi @PMOIndia @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @MOS_MEA #earthquaketurkey https://t.co/nB97RubRJU
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Türkiye's southern province of Kahramanmaras at 4:17 a.m. local time (0117 GMT), followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake a few minutes later in the country's southern province of Gaziantep and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake at 1:24 p.m. local time (1024 GMT) in the Kahramanmaras Province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday declared seven days of national mourning for the victims.