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Foreign Minister sends condolences to Turkey following earthquake

Mariyam Malsa
26 January 2020, MVT 14:57
Rescue workers evacuate an injured woman from the rubble of a building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on January 25, 2020. - Rescue workers raced against time on January 25 to find survivors under the rubble after a powerful earthquake claimed 22 lives and left more than 1,200 injured in eastern Turkey. The magnitude 6.8 quake struck in the evening of January 24, with its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig province, and was felt across neighbouring countries. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)
Mariyam Malsa
26 January 2020, MVT 14:57

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, on Saturday, sent a message of condolence to his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, following the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey.

The magnitude 6.8 quake which struck during the evening of January 24 had its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig province and was felt across neighbouring provinces and countries.

Minister Shahid expressed sadness over the loss of lives, injuries and damage to infrastructure caused by the earthquake.

"On behalf of the Government and people of the Maldives, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey".

The foreign minister also conveyed sincere condolences to the members of bereaved families.

The Turkish government's disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD) reported that the death toll had reached 31 with 1,607 sustaining injuries.

AFAD further reported the occurrence of 462 aftershocks including 14 that were above four in magnitude.

Close to 80 buildings collapsed while 645 were heavily damaged in the provinces of Elazig and Malatya.

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