Indian PM Modi offers support to Turkey, sends earthquake rescue teams

New Delhi — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed his office to offer all possible support to deal with the earthquake in Turkey, according to a statement released by Press Information Bureau (PIB).

Dr. P. K. Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, convened a meeting in South Block to consider emergency relief measures in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directives to provide all possible support to deal with today’s earthquake in Turkey.

It was determined that National Disaster Response Force’s (NDRF) Search & Rescue Teams, Medical Teams, and relief supplies would be sent out right away in collaboration with the Turkish government.

Two NDRF teams totaling 100 people, including specially trained dog squads, are prepared to be airlifted to the earthquake-affected area for search and rescue operations.

Additionally, medical teams are being prepared with qualified doctors and paramedics as well as necessary medications. Relief supplies will be delivered in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the Indian Embassy in Ankara, and the Consulate General in Istanbul.

Cabinet Secretary, representatives from the Ministries of Home Affairs, NDMA, NDRF, Defense, Ministry of External Affairs, Civil Aviation, and Health & Family Welfare attended the meeting.