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Kazakhstan to Send Additional Humanitarian Aid to Türkiye

By Vusala Abbasova February 16, 2023

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It has been more than a week since massive earthquakes hit south-eastern Türkiye near the Syrian border, claiming tens of thousands of Turkish lives. At least 36,187 people were killed as a result of the earthquakes that hit the country within the space of a few hours on February 6.

Kazakhstan will contribute 55 tonnes of additional humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Türkiye under the instructions of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

This statement was made at a meeting of a governmental commission chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar on Tuesday.

The aid will consist of basic necessities, including clothing, winter tents, metal beds, bedding and other things. The humanitarian aid will be delivered to Türkiye’s earthquake-hit Gaziantep city by aircraft.

Earlier, President Tokayev assigned the government to allocate $1-million-worth humanitarian aid to Türkiye. At the same time, Kazakhstan citizens are actively engaged in collecting humanitarian aid across the country. According to the local media reports, 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid have been gathered in all Kazakhstan’s regions as of Monday. Out of them, 75 tonnes were sent to Türkiye and 32 more tonnes were transferred to the the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Türkiye (AFAD). In addition, a total of 114 national yurts (a portable, circular dwelling) were sent and installed in Türkiye.

It has been more than a week since massive earthquakes hit south-eastern Türkiye near the Syrian border, claiming tens of thousands of Turkish lives. At least 36,187 people were killed as a result of the earthquakes that hit the country within the space of a few hours on February 6.

The 7.7 and 7.6 magnitudes earthquakes with the epicenter in the Kahramanmarash province near Gaziantep in southeastern Türkiye inflicted heavy casualties and property losses. The quakes also stuck southern provinces and cities of the country, including Kilis, Diyarbakir, Adana, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Adiyaman, Malatya and Hatay, making it the deadliest earthquake in decades in the region.

Several neighboring countries, including Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, also felt the strong tremors. According to the United Nations, about 6,000 people died in the Syrian provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Raqqa.

Following the deadly quakes, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared seven days of national mourning and a three-month state of emergency in ten of the country’s provinces. Ankara also announced eligibility for foreign assistance.