The U.S. — together with the Protection Division — has a number of efforts underway to offer help to Turkey following devastating earthquakes, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Power Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder stated at the moment.
“In coordination with USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development], the State Division and the interagency, the Division of Protection has responded to the federal government of Turkey’s request for earthquake aid assist and can proceed to offer assist as requested by the Turkish authorities,” Ryder stated.
Two large earthquakes have hit Turkey close to its southern border with Syria since Monday. The magnitude 7.7 and seven.6 quakes had been centered within the Pazarcik and Elbistan districts of Kahramanmaras, in line with a Turkish authorities web site. Some studies have stated the dying toll in Turkey and Syria is approaching 12,000.
On Monday, Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III provided condolences to Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar. Throughout the name, Austin provided U.S. assist to Turkish aid efforts and pledged ongoing help as Turkey’s wants evolve.
Yesterday, U.S. rotary wing property based mostly at Incirlik Airbase in Turkey started transporting first responders to essentially the most impacted populations affected by the earthquakes, Ryder stated.
“As well as, DOD transported two civilian city search and rescue groups from the US to Turkey,” he stated. “U.S. Transportation Command supported this motion Tuesday through C-17 from Dover Air Power Base and March Air Power Base to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. These groups arrived Feb. 8 and can quickly start aiding the aid efforts there.”
U.S. European Command, Ryder stated, can also be deploying a group to Incirlik Air Base to help the USAID Catastrophe Help Response Crew, and the expectation is that the group might be in place tomorrow. Eucom can also be working to pre-position extra property to assist aid efforts and reply to new requests from the Turkish authorities, he added.
On Monday, two earthquakes hit Turkey close to its southern border with Syria. The magnitude 7.7 and seven.6 quakes had been centered within the Pazarcik and Elbistan districts of Kahramanmaras, in line with a Turkish authorities web site. Some studies have stated the dying toll in Turkey and Syria is approaching 12,000.
“We provide our honest condolences, and we’ll stand with our ally Turkey as they work to avoid wasting lives and get better from this horrific catastrophe,” Ryder stated.