More than 100 tonnes of humanitarian cargo arrived in Turkey on Thursday from Georgia, sent by the decision of the country’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, in aid of the survivors of last week’s deadly earthquake in Turkey that killed at least 36,187.
The humanitarian cargo was received by Ediz Sürücü, the Deputy Governor of Ankara, Barış Yavuz, the Director of the Ankara Social Aid and Solidarity Fund, as well as by Georgian Ambassador to Turkey Giorgi Janjgava, the head of Health Ministry Administration Giorgi Enukidze and the Chief of the Emergency Situation Coordination and Urgent Assistance Centre, Aleksandre Kutibashvili.
The aid included first aid supplies, medication, medical equipment, infant food, supplies for emergency personnel, uniforms, warm clothes, tents, power generators, sleeping bags, dry and canned food, and other necessities, worth of ₾1 million ($374,000) specially allocated for this purpose on Friday on the instructions of Garibashvili, the Health Ministry said.
Some part of the cargo, sent by the Georgian Government on Tuesday, was provided from the stocks of the Health and Defence ministries. Photo via Health Ministry
The Georgian Parliament on Saturday also collected humanitarian supplies for the victims worst affected by the devastating disaster in the neighbouring country.
About 100 Georgian professionals and their trained dogs have been involved in search and rescue efforts immediately following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The crews arrived in Turkey along with accompanying hardware and have been working in the city of Adiyaman and Hatay province in the southeast of the country.
Two separate earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 struck in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria last Monday, killing a combined 42,000 as it collapsed 6,000 buildings.