Turkey sends rescue team to quake-hit Ecuador

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 22.04.2016 13:33
Updated 22.04.2016 13:39
Mexico's Federal police officers and a Ecuadorean soldier search for victims amidst debris of collapsed buildings in Manta, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 21, 2016 (Reuters Photo)
Mexico's Federal police officers and a Ecuadorean soldier search for victims amidst debris of collapsed buildings in Manta, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 21, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

A Turkish medical team left for Ecuador on Friday to provide help to those affected by a devastating earthquake that hit the country last weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan said.

The 25-strong rescue team from the Health Ministry will be coordinated by Turkey's Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Akdoğan told Anadolu Agency.

"They are joined by a separate team of four health professionals from AFAD," he added. "Both teams will help provide 1.5 tonnes of medical aid."

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed 587 lives on Saturday and Ecuador has been hit by other strong tremors since.

Akdoğan said Turkey was responding to a request from the Ecuadorian government for medical aid including drinking water, hygiene kits and mobile hospitals.

"There is also a need for emergency shelters, blankets and mosquito nets," he said. "They accept monetary aid too."

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