New Delhi, India: The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, on Thursday, showered the National Defence Response Force(NDRF) with praises for saving the life of a 6-year-old girl in earthquake-hit Turkey. Amit Shah stated that the Indian government is consistently pushing NDRF to become the leading disaster response Force in the world.
In a tweet of appreciation, Amit Shah wrote: “Proud of NDRF. In the rescue operations in Turkiye, Team IND-11 saved the life of six-year-old girl Beren in Gaziantep city.”
India, under ‘Operation Dost’, has sent six planes. Carrying rescue personnel, medicines and medical equipment and basic essentials as a sort of earthquake relief materials to Turkey and Syria. So far, the fatality count has crossed 17,500 in Turkey and Syria. Also, the sixth flight carries rescue teams, dog squads as well as medical supplies.
In a press release, NDRF publicized that their team, in operation along with the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority(AFAD) of Turkey, managed to save the minor girl buried under the rubble of a building in Nurdagi town of Gaziantep province.
Additionally, eight dead bodies have also been retrieved from the debris. The NDRF has been continuing the rescue efforts in Turkey since February 7, of which the logistics involved are being monitored by the DG NDRF in Delhi.
The External Affairs Minister of India. S Jaishankar also shared the details about the sixth flight on Twitter, writing, “The sixth #OperationDost flight has reached Turkey. More search, rescue teams, dog squads, essential search & access equipment, medicines and medical equipment, which are ready to be deployed in the relief efforts.”
Meanwhile, Turkey’s ambassador to India, Firat Sunel, termed India’s ‘Operation Dost’ as a very important one “, which is
symbolic of the friendship between the nations and the need to strengthen these relations.
Turkey, on February 6, faced the devastation of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, followed by multiple aftershocks, that claimed the lives of thousands and a humongous loss of property.