Major earthquake hits Turkey, Syria: Which countries are helping

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has caused widespread devastation in Turkey and Syria.

Major earthquake hits Turkey, Syria: Which countries are helping

Dozens of countries and organisations have offered to assist rescue efforts in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed more than 1,000 people.

Below is a list of the international mobilisation and offers of assistance since the quake in the early hours of Monday. It will be updated accordingly.

China is willing to provide humanitarian emergency aid to earthquake-struck Turkey and Syria, State Council’s foreign aid agency said.

China expressed condolences and concern for the loss of life and property, and is in communications with both Turkey and Syria, a spokesperson from China International Development Cooperation Agency said.

European Union
Ten search-and-rescue teams from eight European Union countries have been mobilised to help first responders in Turkey, the European Commission said in a statement.

The units come from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. Italy and Hungary have also offered to send teams to Turkey, the Commission wrote.

A spokesperson for the German government said his country would contribute to the swift delivery of aid.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece, offered condolences and support to Turkey, saying his country was mobilising its resources and will assist immediately.

The Indian government said two teams from its National Disaster Response Force comprising 100 personnel with specially trained canine squads and equipment were ready to be flown to the disaster area for search-and-rescue operations.

Medical teams were also being readied, and relief material was being sent in coordination with the Turkish authorities.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani expressed “condolences and deep sympathy” to the quake-hit countries and expressed readiness to help the victims.