Feb 7, 2023:
As part of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) to earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria, India has sent the first batch of aid to Turkey.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 took off early on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad with search and rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), specially trained dog squads, medical supplies, drilling machines, and other necessary equipments.
Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted, “India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilites in action. The 1st batch of earthquake relief material leaves for Türkiye, along with NDRF Search & Rescue Teams, specially trained dog squads, medical supplies, drilling machines & other necessary equipment.”
The IAF stated that the aircraft is part of a larger relief effort that will be undertaken by the IAF along with other Indian organisations.
The prime minister’s office (PMO) in a statement on Monday said that a meeting was held and it was decided that the search and rescue teams of NDRF and medical teams along with relief materials would be dispatched immediately in coordination with the Turkish government.