The Georgian Government on Friday announced it had allocated ₾1million ($374,000) from its reserve fund to deliver medicine, food, clothes, medical equipment and other necessities for survivors of Monday’s devastating earthquake that killed more than 18,342 in Turkey.
The Government Administration said Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili had signed the decree to transfer the funds to the Georgian Health Ministry for the purpose. The Ministry will also ensure the delivery of the aid to the neighbouring state where thousands have been left injured, trapped under the rubble or left homeless following the disaster.
The aid follows the ongoing work of 108 Georgian professionals and their trained dogs to find and rescue more survivors following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The crews arrived in Turkey on Monday and Wednesday, along with accompanying hardware, and have been working in the city of Adiyaman in the south-east of the country.
The rescuers have saved three survivors of the quake since their arrival, with the latest found by a Georgian rescue dog on Thursday.
Expressing his gratitude for the assistance, Ali Kaan Orbai, the Turkish Ambassador to Georgia, on Thursday said Georgia had been “one of the first” to offer aid to his country to cope with the consequences of the disaster.
The diplomat said he was “proud" to serve “in the country that loves Turkey so much”, adding “along with the material support, this [attitude] from Georgia - from our close neighbour, friend, brother, and strategic partner - gives us emotional support as well”.
The latest figures released early on Friday showed over 18,342 people had been killed in Turkey and at least 3,377 in Syria in the disaster.