In a recent call with Malta’s Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri, officials from within the Civil Protection Department have given an update of the situation in Turkey following a string of intense earthquakes which left thousands dead.
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On Tuesday, 17 Maltese Civil Protection officials specialising in search and rescue landed in Elazig, Turkey to attempt to contribute to the ongoing efforts to locate and extricate victims from the country’s earthquake disaster.
One of the team members highlighted how the sub-zero temperatures, language barriers and search & rescue methodology were amongst the challenges faced by the MUSAR team.
As of February 8 at 1PM, over 8,500 deaths were reported, with the toll expected to increase in the coming days. BBC News have reported that Turkey is in a state of political anger as a result of the government’s perceived failure in preparing for such disasters.