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Erdogan says Turkey ready to help Morocco quake victims

September 10, 2023 6:15 PM IST

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Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan on September 10 said Turkey was ready to help victims in Morocco “with all our means” as the country reels from its deadliest earthquake in more than six decades.

Erdogan made the statement during a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in New Delhi, India.

The latest Interior Ministry figures put the death toll at 2,012, with 2,059 people injured, including 1,404 in critical condition. The World Health Organization said more than 300,000 people have been affected by the disaster.

The quake on Friday (September 8) was Morocco’s deadliest earthquake since 1960 when a quake was estimated to have killed at least 12,000 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Turkey’s AFAD disaster management authority said on Saturday (September 9) that 265 aid workers from AFAD, the Turkish Red Crescent and other Turkish NGOs were ready to travel to the earthquake region in case Morocco calls for international assistance.

It also said that Turkey was ready to deliver 1,000 tents to the affected areas. By Sunday the team had not yet departed.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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