BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 8. The European embassies in Azerbaijan have lowered their flags to half-staff to commemorate the earthquake victims in Türkiye, German Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ralf Horlemann wrote on his social media account, Trend reports.
The ambassador declared solidarity with Türkiye and the Turkish people at this difficult time.
President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a seven-day national mourning after earthquakes struck southern provinces of the country. Until February 12, flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and in foreign missions.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit southeastern Türkiye on Feb. 6, 2023. The earthquake occurred at a depth of seven kilometers in the Pazarcik region of Kahramanmaras Province. The provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana and Kahramanmaras were subjected to the severe destruction.
Following the latest data, 8,574 people have died, and 49,133 have got injured in the quake, so far.
Following Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's order, the rapid reaction forces of the country involving 420 people were sent to Türkiye on Feb. 6 to support the search and rescue efforts carried out in the earthquake area. The team provided with the proper equipment, as well as search and rescue dogs, have already commenced search operations.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Emergency Situations has sent well-equipped mobile field hospitals, as well as a group of 41 specialists to Türkiye in order to eliminate the quake implications. The relief supplies containing tents, blankets, heaters, as well as three containers for a mobile field hospital were also sent by the other aircraft.