In the week since two powerful earthquakes hit Turkiye and Syria on February 6, the Government of India has sent medical assistance worth ₹7 crore to the affected nations, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on February 14.
The 5,945-tonne emergency relief material included 27 life-saving medicines, two kinds of protective items and three categories of critical care equipment, valued at approximately ₹2 crore, the statement said.
On February 6, three truck loads of relief materials were arranged at the Hindon air base comprising life-saving emergency medicines and protective items within 12 hours, the ministry said in a statement. On February 10, a bigger batch of relief materials was arranged for both Turkiye and Syria. The consignment for Syria consisted of 72 critical care drugs, consumables and protective items of 7.3 tonnes, valued at ₹1.4 crore while relief materials sent for Turkiye included 14 types of medical and critical care equipment, valued at ₹4 crore, it said.
Turkish ambassador to India Fırat Sunel shared a picture of relief material sent by India to earthquake-hit regions in Turkey, saying, “THANK YOU INDIA!” He added, “Each tent, each blanket or sleeping bag is of vital importance for the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors.” Around 12 tonnes of relief material reached Turkey from India on Sunday.