The Ministry of Foreign Affairs establishes the possible presence of Ukrainians among the victims.
The number of dead in Turkey as a result of the earthquake exceeded 900 people. This is reported by the agency Anatolia. According to reports, the Turkish Armed Forces have opened an “air corridor of aid” to the disaster zone.
Thousands more were injured. Dozens of people are still trapped under the rubble and the death toll is expected to rise. Rescue operations are ongoing.
According to The watchers, at the moment it is reported that 1,170 buildings collapsed as a result of the earthquake. Gaziantep Castle, built over 2,200 years ago, also collapsed during the earthquake.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is establishing the possible presence of Ukrainian citizens among the victims of the powerful earthquake in Turkey. This is the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko reported on Facebook.
The diplomat noted that in the morning in the southeast of Turkey, in Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 occurred. In particular, a number of neighboring cities were affected, hundreds of people were killed and injured, and hundreds of houses were destroyed.
“The Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey is cooperating with the Turkish authorities, checking the presence of Ukrainian citizens among the victims,” Nikolenko said.
In this regard, two hotlines have been opened at the embassy to help Ukrainians in Turkey: +90 539 550 98 98 and +90 312 442 15 93.
In addition, relatives in Ukraine can also contact the “hotline” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +380 44 238 15 88.
As reported Weather UNIANstrong an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 occurred in the border region of Turkey and Syria.
Numerous aftershocks ranging from moderate to very strong were recorded.
This is the strongest earthquake in Turkey since 1939 and the second strongest after the 7.8-8 earthquake in Northern Anatolia in 1668.
The epicenter was located approximately 26.2 km east of Nurdaga. Estimated economic losses are 0-2% of Turkey’s GDP.