At least 35,000 people have lost their lives in Syria and Turkey after the quake (Photo: AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
The Mexican government, headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will donate six million dollars (mdd) to Syria in order to extend support in the face of the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit that country on dates recent.
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This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, who announced that said donation will be made through the United Nations Organization (UN).
“The president has instructed us that in relation to support for Syria, contact should be established with the UN, which was done, and he has arranged for Mexico to make a donation of 6 million dollars,” he said.
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The money will be delivered as soon as the bank account is provided, information that will be sent by one of the United Nations offices in charge of humanitarian affairs, as explained by the foreign minister during the morning press conference on February 13.
It should be remembered that the earthquake registered last week between the border of Turkey and Syria has left havoc in both countries.
After the earthquake, both territories were deeply affected: jointly, it is estimated that the incident (along with its aftershocks) has caused the death of more than 35,000 people.
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Of this total – it is still a preliminary figure issued by the UN – 31,000 were counted in Turkish territory while more than 4,000 were located in Syria.
Given this scenario, various countries have joined the humanitarian support efforts in the affected areas.
Mexico, for example, sent personnel from the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), the Mexican Red Cross and Civil Protection to Turkey, who are currently carrying out search and rescue work in that country.
The team includes medical and food service cells, 35 search and rescue experts from the Emergency or Disaster Immediate Response Team (ERIED), as well as 25 specialists and 10 dog-fighting pairs from the Mexican Army, 37 elements from the Navy — which includes 2 pairs—15 members of the Red Cross and finally, 5 officials of the SRE.
Until February 10 it was announced that the Mexican brigade had found five people among the buildings collapsed by the earthquake, unfortunately three of them were found lifeless.
It should be noted that on Sunday, February 5, an earthquake measuring 7.8 with an epicenter was registered in southern Turkey, very close to the northern border with Syria.
After the events, several aftershocks were recorded, in fact, in the first eleven hours, more than 13 significant ones had already been recorded. In addition, after nine hours of the first great telluric movement, another one of magnitude 7.5 occurred, although it is still unknown if it is an aftershock or actually two earthquakes coincided in the region.
Information in development…