TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) is ready to send its volunteers to help the victims of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit part of Turkey on Friday, October 30.
“Turkey has been very helpful to Indonesia in dealing with various disasters, ranging from an earthquake and tsunami in Aceh to an earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction in central Sulawesi. Of course, when the Turkey is in mourning, PMI is ready to help, ”said PMI General Secretary Sudirman. Said told Antara by phone on Saturday.
Sudirman said that PMI and the Turkish Red Crescent, which are members of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), will help each other in disaster management.
In addition, the Turkish Red Crescent has often provided significant assistance, especially during the recovery period from the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction in central Sulawesi. Turkey’s largest humanitarian organization also contributed to the recovery of the victims.
Sudirman said PMI had prepared a number of trained volunteers to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami at the request of the Turkish government. The assistance is the manifestation of a long-standing friendship between the two nations.
Earlier, PMI chief Jusuf Kalla expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life in the earthquake that rocked parts of Turkey on Friday.
A powerful earthquake rocked Turkey on Friday. It destroyed dozens of buildings and triggered a tsunami that swept through coastal towns across the country. The quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale was centered 11 miles north of the Greek island of Samos.
Meanwhile, citing data from the Turkish Disaster Management Authority (AFAD), the Anadolu Agency reported that the earthquake killed 25 people and left at least 804 injured on Saturday morning.
At least 743 people were injured in Izmir and neighboring provinces, five in Manisa, two in Balikesir and 54 in Aydin, according to the Turkish news agency.
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