60 Georgian rescuers to aid in Turkey earthquake efforts

  • Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday said the Government would send crews and equipment to Turkey. Photo: Interior Ministry press office 

Agenda.ge, 6 Feb 2023 - 18:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Sixty Georgian professionals left for Turkey on Monday along with accompanying hardware to ensure aid for the country in its rescue efforts following the recent earthquake that killed at least 1,014 and left thousands injured, the Georgian Interior Ministry said. 

The body said the group of professionals had been trained in rescue and firefighting operations, with Teimuraz Mghebrishvili, the head of the country’s Emergency Management Service, coordinating their actions.

Georgian rescuers left for Turkey. Video: Interior Ministry press office. 

Their deployment comes following the instructions of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili shortly after the disaster to ensure aid for the neighbouring country in dealing with the consequences of what was the largest quake on record in the past 80 years. 

The latest figures by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency said 1,014 people had died and several thousand received injuries, while at least 592 people have died and 1,089 were injured in the neighbouring Syria.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck just after 4 am local time on Monday, 23 kilometres east of Nurdağı in Gaziantep province of Turkey.