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India to send two NDRF teams to Turkey to assist rescue operations, readies medical teams

India is readying two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel with specially trained rescue dogs to assist in rescue and relief operations in the country after a massive earthquake resulted in building collapse across the country.

The massive earthquake, described as the worst in nearly a century, has left over 1300 dead, according to media said.

Bone-chilling videos surfaced across social media showing high-rise buildings collapsing like a house of cards.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that it held an emergency meeting on February 6, 2023, chaired by  Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr P. K. Mishra, has decided that search and rescue teams of NDRF and medical teams along with relief material would be dispatched immediately to the country.

The exact details are being worked out with the Turkish Government and Indian Embassy in Ankara, and the Consulate General office in Istanbul, a statement by PMO informed.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the loss of lives and damage of property due to the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Taking to Twitter while responding to a tweet by the President of Turkey, the Prime Minister of India said, “Anguished by the loss of lives and damage of property due to the Earthquake in Turkey. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and is ready to offer all possible assistance to cope with this tragedy.”

In a related tweet, the PM said, “Deeply pained to learn that the devastating earthquake has also affected Syria. My sincere condolences  to the families of the victims.”

“We share the grief of Syrian people and remain committed to providing assistance and support in this difficult time,” he added.

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