Turkey Earthquake: Body of Indian National Missing Since Quakes Found

Ankara: The mortal remains of an Indian national missing in Turkiye since the earthquake on 6th February, have been found among the debris of a hotel in Malatya.

Indian Embassy in Turkiye said Vijay Kumar was on a business trip. It said all arrangements are being made for the earliest possible transportation of his mortal remains to his family. The Embassy expressed condolences to his family and loved ones.

More than 25,000 people are confirmed to have died in Turkey and Syria in the earthquake that hit the region on Monday. According to official sources, 17,674 people have died in Turkey and 3,377 in Syria, bringing the confirmed total to 21,051.

The death toll is expected to rise higher as people are still stranded under rubble. Thousands are also injured in this major quake. Snow and rain are adding problems to the rescue operations as well as reducing the chances of survival of people stranded under the debris of the quake.

Rescue efforts, on the fourth day, are being conducted round-the-clock to save those still trapped under the rubble.

The greatest devastations occurred near the earthquake’s epicentre in Gaziantep, where entire city blocks lay in ruins.

In Turkey, at least 3,000 buildings, including public hospitals, collapsed in seven cities.

India has initiated “Operation Dost” to help Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the quakes. India has sent rescue troops, medical teams and supplies of other necessary materials to Turkey and Syria.

The Indian Army has set up a field hospital in Hatay which is equipped with surgical and emergency wards.

The United States announced an initial $85 million package for emergency relief for Turkey and Syria.

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