The Scale Of The Damage
With the number of deaths amounting to 6,957 in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria the total number is currently at 9,500 and rising. The World Health Organization has even warned that around 23 million people could be affected by the disaster and the number of casualty may rise above 20,000.
According to AFAD Turkey has deployed 59,971 search and rescue personnel and 380,000 survivors are being sheltered in government dorms or hotels.
While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a state of emergency for three months in 10 provinces, the international community has come together to offer all possible aides to Turkey. The countries include Czech Republic, France, Malta, the Netherlands, India, Poland, Algeria, Italy, Moldova, Albania, Israel, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, Qatar, Britain, and Russia.
India has dispatched relief materials, a mobile hospital, specially trained dog squads, drilling machines, relief material, medicines and search and rescue teams in two C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft to express their solidarity in these testing times. Two more flights, one for Turkey and the other for Syria, will soon be dispatched with more relief materials.