By Hassan Isilow
JOHANNESBURG (AA) – South African-based humanitarian organization Gift of the Givers said on Tuesday it will dispatch search and rescue, as well as medical teams to Türkiye and Syria to help victims of Monday’s deadly quakes.
The head of the organization, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, told Anadolu that 27 search and rescue team members would be dispatched on Tuesday.
“Twenty trauma medical team members will be sent on Wednesday and more teams will follow,” he said in text exchanges.
At least 3,432 people were killed and 21,103 others injured in 10 provinces of Türkiye after two strong earthquakes on Monday jolted the southern part of the country, Türkiye’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday.
A 7.7 magnitude tremor struck the Pazarcik district of Kahramanmaras province, then about nine hours later, a 7.6 magnitude quake centered in Kahramanmaras’s Elbistan district rocked the region, affecting several other provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.
Turkish Airlines will facilitate the transportation of their teams and specialized equipment, according to Sooliman.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday appreciated Gift of the Givers for joining the international response in Türkiye and Syria.
The humanitarian organization known for responding to global disasters and humanitarian calls has staff operating in both Türkiye and Syria.
African presidents and organizations have voiced their solidarity with Türkiye and Syria after the deadly earthquakes.
The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Tuesday welcomed the global outpouring of solidarity and support for the Turkish and Syrian peoples during this time of unimaginable tragedy.