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Aid teams reach shake zone

Aid from across Turkey has begun to reach areas that were devastated by Oct. 23’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake centered on Van’s Erçiş district

The Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) issued a statement yesterday indicating that 26 planes, hundreds of engineering vehicles and large quantities of aid material had reached the area.

“An emergency aid fund worth $3 million was initially sent to the Van Governor’s Office by our Prime Ministry to meet urgent needs,” said AFAD’s statement. “First aid, health, as well as search and rescue personnel and equipment were sent to the region from 45 provinces and 37 institutions by land and by air with 26 planes in total – 16 of them military and 10 from Turkish Airlines.”

Nearly 2,400 search and rescue personnel, 355 engineering vehicles and more than 100 ambulances have been sent to the region, in addition to large quantities of aid material and other equipment.

The Bursa Governor’s Office has launched a drinking water aid campaign for Van and sent a large quantity of packaged drinking water to the area. At the same time, the General Directorate of Post and Turkish Telecommunication(PTT) and the private transportation firm MNG Kargo have also started offering free aid shipping to Van while major sports clubs such as Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş have launched aid campaigns for the region. Galatasaray will reportedly be donating revenues collected from its match with Gaziantepspor to the earthquake’s victims, while Eskişehirspor fans will also be sending 10 tonnes of drinking water.

Still, there have been some problems with the sending of aid, Van Mayor Bekir Kaya told reporters, noting that while much had gone to Erciş, little had arrived in central Van. Some villagers in the area complained about the lack of tents, food and drinking water supplies. Others said it was extremely cold and they needed heating equipment.

Nearly 2,400 search and rescue personnel, 355 engineering vehicles and more than 100 ambulances have been sent to the region, in addition to large quantities of aid material and other equipment.


  • YORUM YAZIN
  • İÇERİĞİ YAZDIRIN