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Pakistani nation prays for Turkey, Syria after horrific earthquake

At least 300 people have been reported dead as buildings collapsed across the region after the earthquake hit in the early hours of the morning. Turkey has declared a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance.

Pakistan has expressed solidary with Turkey and offered all possible support in the relief effort after an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hit central Turkey and Northwest Syria.

According to the details, at least 300 people have been reported dead as buildings collapsed across the region after the earthquake hit in the early hours of the morning. The quake was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. A search operation has been launched for survivors trapped in the rubble.

Turkey has declared a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance. President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with the governors of eight affected provinces to gather information on the situation and rescue efforts. Meanwhile, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad held an emergency cabinet meeting to review the damage and discuss the next steps.

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The scale of destruction by the earthquake has sparked international alarm. Pakistan has released a statement, offering condolences over the loss of lives from the earthquake.

“The Government and people of Pakistan are deeply saddened to learn that a severe earthquake hit parts of Southern Türkiye earlier today, resulting in loss of precious lives and extensive damage to property,” said the statement issued by the Foreign Office.

“Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible support in the relief effort,” the statement also said, adding that “we are confident that the resilient Turkish nation will overcome this natural calamity with characteristic grit and determination.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in separate tweets on Monday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif extended condolences and sympathies to the governments of Syria and Turkey. He also renewed the call for global action in the wake of an increase in climate change-induced natural disasters.

Disturbing videos of the earthquake and devastation caused by it in Turkey and Syria are making the rounds on social media. The Pakistani nation has taken to Twitter to offer condolences to the victims of the earthquake. Leading political leaders of Pakistan have also joined in to pray for Turkey and Syria.