The earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in the early hours of Monday morning has now claimed over 5000 lives, with the death toll still rising. Although the hopes of finding people alive buried underneath the rubble are decreasing now that more than 24 hours have passed, search and rescue teams are still working in the area, including a team of Czech firefighters. Czech NGOs are also organising humanitarian aid.
The roughly 70-strong Czech urban search and rescue team made up of firefighters from Prague and Moravia-Silesia departed on Monday evening and was flown on Tuesday morning by Turkish military planes to the city of Adiyaman, where they immediately started working. Martin Kavka is the spokesperson for the Prague firefighters.
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Author: Anna Fodor