The aftermath of the earthquake in the Turkish city of Antakya, February 10, 2023.
Prague – The Czech Republic will send material aid to Turkey on Friday, such as medical equipment, trauma kits and equipment for homeless people. First of all, it will be material from the stocks of state material reserves. When asked by ČTK, Mariana Wernerová from the Department of Communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated this. According to her, the Czech Embassy in Turkey has no information about new Czech citizens in trouble.
Photo Gallery: Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
“For example, medical equipment under the MEDEVAC program or trauma kits and equipment for homeless people – blankets – will go to Turkey,” noted Wernerová. She added that this is aid that is included in the ten million crowns already allocated for Turkey.
On Friday, the team of rescuers will return to the Czech Republic, having already rescued 66 dead people from the rubble during their deployment in the city of Adiyaman. In addition, they earlier pulled out two survivors and assisted colleagues from another team in rescuing a woman.
To help Turkey and Syria, which was hit by a devastating earthquake more than a week ago, people sent almost 85 million crowns to collection accounts as of Tuesday morning . This follows from the statements of representatives of humanitarian organizations to ČTK and from data on their websites. The Czech government has allocated ten million crowns each to help Turkey and Syria.
According to the data available on Tuesday, the number of victims of the earthquake exceeded 40,000. Over 100,000 people were injured and over 200,000 apartments were destroyed or will have to be demolished in Turkey. 2.2 million people have left Turkey's earthquake-affected areas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the worst natural disaster in the region in the last century.
One of the victims is a Czech citizen who lived in the country for a long time. Shortly after the earthquake, the Czech embassy in Ankara also helped a group of about six Czechs get to safety. “Our embassy has no information about new Czech citizens in trouble,” Werner said today.