Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday dispatched eight trucks loaded with 50 tons of medicines and medical equipment to the victims of the Feb. 6 deadly earthquakes that killed thousands in Turkey.
“More than 100 countries around the world rushed to send humanitarian aid to the quake victims in Turkey,” Turkish Consul General in Erbil Mouloud Yaqut said in a speech during a ceremony held in Shanidar Park in Erbil before the trucks set off to Turkey.
Yaqut thanked the KRG for the assistance it provided to the earthquake-affected people in Turkey.
The humanitarian aid by KRG to Turkey comes amidst harsh criticism by Sulaimani officials that there is a lack of medicine at the hospitals in the province.
More than 50,000 have been killed when magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes struck 11 Turkish provinces – Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Hatay, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.
More than 13.5 million people in Turkey have been affected by the devastating quakes, as well as many others in northern Syria.