After the high rector twin earthquakes that hit Turkey and on February 6, 2023, an international assistance of foods, clothing, heaters, generators, medical equipment and other necessities items including high-tech equipment are pouring into Turkey and Syria to help locate survivors under the rubble.
Citing the Turkish government, the international report confirmed that so far 89 countries and 16 international organizations have provided aid to Turkey and seventy-six countries sent search and rescue teams.
In this course, the Government of Nepal has dispatched the first shipment of over twenty-two tons of relief materials containing medicines, medical equipment, warm clothing, and other basic essential items for the earthquake affected people of Türkiye this afternoon through the Turkish Airlines.
Joint Secretary and Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Ms. Sewa Lamsal handed over the relief materials through the General Manager of Turkish Airlines Serkan Basar at a brief indicative ceremony held at Tribhuvan International Airport amidst the presence of senior government officials and representatives of humanitarian and private sector organizations.
Though, have an uneasy tie with Turkey, among the 80 countries that sent materials and rescue teams to Turkey are Greece, Armenia and Israel too.
In another report, a Greek rescue team pulled a 6-year-old girl alive from the rubble and received extensive coverage on social media.
According to the Turkish government social media, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan informed that so far foreign rescue teams have pulled out over 8,000 people alive from the debris since February 7.
Though having a sour mood with Turkey because of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership issue Finland and Sweden have also sent humanitarian aid packages to Turkey.
It is to recall that Turkey is the only country that is opposed to giving membership to Finland and Sweden in the NATO group. According to the NATO constitution, all the issues should be endorsed unanimously by all countries. If one country raises the hand the issue might get stuck.
Meanwhile, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency Turkey President Erdoğan has extended its gratefulness to all countries in a video message sent to the World Government Summit in Dubai saying “Thankful to all the countries for the help they provided for search and rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the powerful twin earthquakes.”