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Earthquake: Turkish envoy thanks 'dost' India for sending relief aid Turkey Earthquake
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Earthquake: Turkish envoy thanks 'dost' India for sending relief aid

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Feb 2023, 05:00 pm

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.

At least 20,426 people were injured after the devastating earthquakes, which destroyed 5,775 buildings, the AFAD said.

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.