International aid to Syria and Turkey after the destructive earthquake

International aid to Syria and Turkey after the destructive earthquake

India and other ally nations have supported the worst-hit countries of the multiple earthquake attacks with rescue operations.


India sent one team of its National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with a specially trained dog squad as well as all necessary medical supplies, advanced drilling machines, and other important tools and equipment to aid Turkey in its rescue operations early on February 7, 2023, was given after the country was hit by several devastating quakes.

The death toll in Turkey and Syria has risen to nearly 4000 from the three major earthquakes that hit the region in the past couple of days. Multi-storey buildings, full of residents have been reduced to rumble with several buried under the debris in Turkey while many archeological sites have been reduced to ruins in Syria.

Rescuers were working late in the night to try and save survivors from the ruins of a seven-story building that had collapsed in the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa. The temperature, falling below zero degrees along with the ruin of homes left survivors huddled on streets around bonfires to sustain themselves. The winter blizzard coupled with the quakes have hampered deliveries of vital aid through roads as well as the three major airports.

The Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin, a close ally of Syria has announced that he has flown two Ilyushin-76 aircraft with rescuers on board to help with Turkey’s rescue effort

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his condolences to the affected nation and promised to aid Turkey in any possible manner.

The U.S. President’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan reported that Biden had directed the disaster relief agency USAID and other federal government partners to prepare the response options for Turkey and Syria’s most affected areas in the earthquake.

Turkey also received comfort from its “sisterly” country, Qatar.

China and Israel are also sending humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria. Other nations such as Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland have also sent out basic necessities to the affected nations.

As of now Turkey has declared seven days of mourning for the dead due tot he catastrophe.