Turkey has quickly initiated humanitarian aid operations, as soon as possible, following a deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake that had hit the border regions of northern Iraq and Iran on Sunday, that has killed over 450 people, injured thousands and left people homeless.
When natural disasters struck upon us, people lose it all to the brutal side of nature and it is only then that the support from human, to human that helps in getting back on feet. A fatal earthquake shook the lands of northern Iran and Iraq border on Sunday 9:02 PM local time, with a magnitude that peaked up to 7.3 on the Richter Scale. Soon after the tremble, rescue operations were initiated by the governments of respective countries, and the figures of casualties so far is over 445, and still counting. Over 7,200 people have been injured and probably there is hardly anyone with shelter on their heads in the hardest hit regions. This, counts as the deadliest earthquake in the region in over a decade.
While rescuers are still trying to dig out survivors from the forlorn rumbles, neighbouring country Turkey has stepped up immediately and sent out humanitarian aid right away. Turkish aid agencies like the Red Crescent, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and private organisations have rushed in Iran and Iraq, offering their assistance in help and rescue operations. The Turkish Red Crescent immediately sent some 3,000 tents, 10,000 blankets, 10,000 beds and 3,000 heaters, in cooperation with its counterparts in Iraq and Iran. And AFAD has handed out 5,000 tents, 7,000 blankets, 92 personnel and 11 vehicles to aid the victims of earthquake.
Apart from that, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Binali Yıldırım said that Red Crescent has already mobilized aid convoy towards the affected regions. A Turkish military cargo plane carrying aid and a search-and-rescue team left Ankara and landed at Sulaymaniyah International Airport in northern Iraq. The minister also said a total of 40 ambulances are ready to help, with 4,200 sickbeds and 217 intensive care units ready in various Turkish hospitals.