Last week's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Elazığ, Turkey, made headlines around the world, with a death toll coming to 41, according to official statements. Government agencies and nongovernmental organizations quickly mobilized to provide emergency assistance in the critical first 24 hours, saving 45 citizens trapped under the ensuing rubble.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the disaster sites in Elazığ and neighboring Malatya to offer his condolences to local residents and personally oversee relief efforts. Several cabinet ministers, also have visited the site to coordinate relief operations and the successful delivery of supplies to affected areas.
Over recent days, the Turkish public has shown an unprecedented outpouring of compassion to those affected, with empathy triumphing over political competition and finger-pointing. We have just witnessed the true extent of the country's compassion and solidarity.
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