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Sindh govt to donate 100,000 tents to earthquake victims in Turkiye

Dozens of governments and international organizations have responded with offers of support after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkiye and northwest Syria.

In a welcoming move, the Sindh provincial government has decided to donate 100,000 tents for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkiye.

According to the details, the approval for the tents was given during a session of the Sindh Cabinet today which was chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

“The people of Turkiye had extended a generous supporting hand for the flood victims of Sindh,” CM Shah said.

“We could not leave our brethren in Turkiye in these testing times,” he added.

Read more: Pakistani nation prays for Turkey, Syria after horrific earthquake

Pertinent to mention that Turkiye had established a tent city for flood victims of Sindh near Nooriabad in October last year. The country had also sent several cargo flights with hundreds of tonnes of relief goods, apart from trains loaded with aid items to Pakistan.

Owing to strong ties with Turkiye, Pakistan has expressed its readiness to extend all possible support in the relief effort.

Turkiye calls for international aid

A major earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkiye and northwest Syria on Monday, killing over 500 people and injuring hundreds as buildings collapsed across the region, triggering searches for survivors in the rubble. The quake, which struck in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

Turkiye 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.

Dozens of governments and international organisations have responded with offers of support after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkiye and northwest Syria. WHO chief Tedros said its network of emergency medical teams has been activated to provide essential health care for the injured and most vulnerable affected by the earthquake.

Read more: Deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey