Bogotá, 13 Feb. Members of the Colombian Red Cross and other institutions of the risk management system will travel to Turkey to help treat victims of the earthquakes that hit that country and Syria last week, sources said on Monday. official.

“We address an affectionate and solidary greeting to each of the victims and victims of the earthquake that shook this brotherly country. We express our solidarity and effectively support the tasks that have been asked of us,” said the director of National Unity. Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), Javier Pava.

That is why Colombia has activated the medical equipment components in EMT Health, for emergencies, and USAR COL1, for search and rescue with K-SAR, that is, with dogs.

The team is made up of a professional group specializing in search, rescue and recovery of bodies and a medical brigade that will support and assist the victims of the tragedy for 11 days.

Johan Naranjo, one of the rescue officers of UNGRD’s National Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Programme, said his mission is to alleviate human suffering, save lives and that all Colombians are coming back well.

“Right after the disaster in Turkey, President Gustavo Petro, Vice-President Francia Márquez and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva, all their institutions and all members of the government and the Colombian people made us feel that they were at our side”, he declared, for his part, the ambassador of the European country in Bogota, Beste Pehlivan Sun.

At least 31,643 people died and another 80,000 were injured in the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes that devastated southeastern Turkey last Monday, and also claimed at least 3,575 lives in Syria. EFE


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