Kathmandu: The government of Nepal on Monday dispatched assistance materials for the people who suffered the worst tragedy after the country was hit by devastating earthquakes on February 6. The assistance consignment weighing over 22 tons includes medicines, medical equipment, warm clothes and other materials required for basic needs.
Earlier, on February 8, Minister for Foreign Affairs Bimala Rai Poudyal had telephoned her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and extended her deep sorrow over the losses of lives and property in the earthquake there. She on behalf of Nepal assured of all possible support to Turkey in grief. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has thanked the respective government bodies, private sector and humanitarian organizations for their cooperation in the management of assistance materials and the Turkish Airlines for the transport of the materials.
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country on February has resulted in huge number of deaths and destruction. Death toll in Turkey has climbed to 29,605, according to Turkish Emergency Coordination Center.
After the earthquake, Nepali political leaders, including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Sher Bahadur Deuba, the president of Nepali Congress, expressed grief over the loss of lives and expressed solidarity.
Turkey was one of the countries to provide much-needed support to Nepal when the devastating earthquakes ravaged the country, killing 9000 people and causing massive destruction of houses and infrastructures back in April, 2015. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, Turkey had sent rescue staff, search and rescue experts, equipment and humanitarian aid.
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