A 20-person Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team from Thailand will be sent to the areas affected by Monday’s powerful earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
Twenty members of USAR Thailand who are fully equipped are on standby, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, and they will leave as soon as Turkish officials give the go-ahead.
Members of the USAR Thailand team are qualified professionals with experience in large-scale disaster search and rescue operations on a national and worldwide scale.
At 4.17am local time (8.17am Thai time) on Monday, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the Karamanmaras province close to the Turkey-Syria border, roughly 600 kilometers to the east of the Turkish capital Ankara.
Buildings were destroyed by the early-morning quake, which also reverberated throughout Cyprus and Lebanon and the Mediterranean rim. An further powerful 7.7 earthquake with a center in Turkey’s industrial heartland of Gaziantep province struck in the early afternoon.
At 9 a.m. Thai time on Wednesday, more than 10,300 people had perished as a result of the two earthquakes. Syria had recorded 1,444 fatalities, pushing the total to 4,365, according to Turkish authorities.
Over 1,150 rescuers are searching more than 8,000+ people under collapsed structures as .78 aftershocks have been registered, according to the United Nations relief agency on Tuesday.
When the earthquakes struck several hundred kilometers away from Thai communities in Istanbul and Ankara, there were no initial reports of Thais being hurt or killed.
The Royal Thai Embassy in Ankara can be reached for assistance via +90 (533) 641 5698 and facebook.com/rteankara, according to the Thai Foreign Ministry.