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One of the worst earthquakes in history destroys Turkey and Syria, killing more than 1500 people

The catastrophic earthquake that has already affected more than 5,000 lives might have an impact on 23 million people, according to the World Health Organization, which also noted that the estimated death toll has surpassed 20,000.

International nations are sending equipment, sniffer dogs, and specialized crews to assist with the rescue operations. In the wake of earthquakes in the western Asian nation, the Indian government has summoned an urgent conference with Indian airlines that fly to Turkey.

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A collapsed Mosque in Turkey

Due to road damage and other logistical problems brought on by the catastrophic earthquake that slammed the two nations on Monday, the supply of essential United Nations supplies from Turkey to northwest Syria has temporarily stopped, a UN Spokesperson said.

Many of the disaster-affected people, according to UN Secretary General António Guterres, “are already in great need of humanitarian relief in locations where access is a difficulty,” prompting the appeal for an international response to the catastrophe.

A fifth earthquake, measuring magnitude 5.4, has shaken eastern Turkey today, according to USGS, as the nation deals with the enormous destruction that has occurred over the last 48 hours.

According to Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay, there have already been 3,419 deaths and 20,534 injuries across the country. In addition, 1,602 additional deaths on the Syrian side of the border were verified, bringing the total number of deaths to 5,102.

How is India aiding and supporting Turkey?

First IAF aircraft has arrived in Ankara, while another is enroute.

Foreign Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar announced on Tuesday that the first Indian Air Force aircraft bringing disaster relief supplies and a rescue squad to assist with search and rescue operations in earthquake-stricken Turkey has arrived in Adana. Early this morning, the C17 flight headed for Turkey with more than 50 members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a highly trained dog squad, and the tools needed for the relief activities, including medical supplies, drilling machines, and other equipment.

Rescue and relief operations are still going strong.

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