Vietnam to send $200,000 to Turkey, Syria as earthquake aid

By Viet Tuan   February 14, 2023 | 07:41 am PT
Vietnam to send $200,000 to Turkey, Syria as earthquake aid
A Vietnamese soldier and a military dog search for earthquake survivors in Antakya City of Turkey. Photo courtesy of the People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam will support Turkey and Syria with $100,000 each in aid to resolve consequences of devastating earthquakes that have killed over 37,000.

In a letter sent to the presidents of Turkey and Syria on Tuesday, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam would continue to provide other forms of support for the two earthquake-stricken countries.

Vietnam has already sent two groups of personnel to Turkey for humanitarian aid. The first group of 24 rescuers and medical workers from police units departed Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport on February 9, while the second group of 76 soldiers departed on February 12, bringing with them 10 tons of rations to Turkey.

Devastating earthquakes on February 6 have killed more than 37,000 people in Turkey and Syria as of Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Nearly 9 million people in Syria were affected by the disaster and the United Nations said humanitarian agencies will need $397.6 million to respond to "the most pressing humanitarian needs" over the next three months.

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