Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to quake-hit Turkyie, scheduled for today (Wednesday), was postponed at the last moment as Turk Government is busy in the ongoing relief and rescue operations in following the devastating earthquake.
According to official sources that the Prime minister was supposed to leave for Turkiye in the morning but the visit has been postponed due to bad weather and as the Turkish leadership’s engaged in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.
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Sources said that Premier Shehbaz would not be able to visit the quake-affected areas as helicopters could not fly during bad weather conditions, while the president and vice president of Turkiye are also engaged in relief activities.
Sources said that visit is expected to be rescheduled and the new dates will be announced later accordingly.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged solidarity through ‘tangible and timely material support for suffering humanity’ after Turkey and Syria were struck by devastating earthquakes.
While Taking to his official Twitter handle, the Prime Minister stated that “24 hours after the devastating earthquake hit Turkiye and Syria, [the] scenes of death & destruction are mind-numbing”.
“It breaks the heart to witness [the] sheer scale of unfolding human tragedy,” he added.
The information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced that PM Shehbaz decided to establish the prime minister’s relief fund to support the earthquake victims of the “brotherly country” Turkey during difficult times.
Pak Army Rescue Teams
On the instructions of Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir, the Pakistan Army has dispatched two contingents; Urban Search and Rescue Team to participate in relief activities of quake-hit Turkiye and Syria.
According to the details, Pak Army teams comprise Rescue experts, sniffer dogs, a Medical team, Army doctors, nursing staff, technicians, and security officials along with 30 bedded mobile hospitals.
Pak Army teams also carry relief goods including tentage, blankets, edibles, medicines, and others for the earthquake victims in Turkiye. The Rescue Aid contingents have flown to Adana, Turkiye via special Pakistan Air force aircraft, to undertake relief efforts for Turkish people while working in close coordination with the Turkish Government.
Chairman NDMA Lt General Inam Haider Malik dispatched three tons of emergency relief consignment to Turkiye and Syria via PAF C-130.
In a statement, Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Inam Haider Malik said NDMA Team and Pakistan Armed Forces, and Federal Government are in constant communication with the diplomatic channels at both ends.
According to the details, Pak Army contingents will stay there till the completion of relief and rescue operations.
Turkiye, Syria & Iraq quake
A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Turkey, Syria, and Iraq this week on Monday leaving a death toll of more than 9,000 meanwhile thousand are still stuck under the wreckage.
The magnitude of the quake was 7.8 which struck in the early darkness of a winter morning, Jolts of the quake were also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said the quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) near the southern Turkiye’s city of Kahramanmaras, while the EMSC monitoring service said the chance of a tsunami risk was being evaluated after the powerful earthquake.
After a 7.8-powerful Earthquake, another quake of 7.5 Magnitude jolts turkey once again. Rescue teams are put on high alert.
Emergency has been declared all over Turkey.
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