'Operation Dost': India Sends Four Planes, 1,00,000 Kg Relief Aid To Earthquake-Hit Turkey, Syria

From a field hospital to planes and rescue teams, India is going all out to help earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria.

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‘Operation Dost’

Under ‘Operation Dost’, India has sent four C-17 planeloads of relief material, medicines, equipment and personnel, weighing over 108 tons (97,000 kg) to Turkey. The planes to Turkey include 99 medical specialists which will set up a 30-bed medical facility in field operation conditions.

Along with the rescue personnel is medical equipment which includes x-ray machines, ventilators, operation-theater, vehicles, ambulances, generators, etc.

Over 100 NDRF personnel, with equipment, vehicles and dog squads are headed to Turkey. Equipment also includes hand and power tools, lighting equipment, air-lifting bags, chainsaw, angle cutters, rotarv rescue saw, victim location equipment, life detectors, etc.

The dog squads will be be used to help in locating victims under rubble and collapsed structures.

Relief aid sent to Syria

India has also supported Syria with over 6 tons (5,400 kg) of relief material. The aid to Syria includes 3 truckloads of general and protective gear, emergency use medicines, syringes and equipment including ECG machines, monitors, and other essential medical items.

The fourth IAF C-17 Globemaster carrying the supplies landed in Turkey’s Adana on Wednesday.

Turkey has called India a “dost”

Turkey has called India a “dost” for its generosity for providing funds to the country after the earthquake caused massive destruction.

Ambassador of Turkey to India Firat Sunel thanked New Delhi and said, “a friend in need is a friend indeed.”

“Dost” is a common word in Turkish and Hindi… We have a Turkish proverb: “Dost kara gunde belli olur” (a friend in need is a friend indeed). Thank you very much India,” said the Ambassador.

Dozens of nations including the United States, China and the Gulf States have also pledged to help, and send search teams as well as relief supplies have begun to arrive by air.


The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Monday as people slept, flattening thousands of structures, trapping an unknown number of people and potentially impacting millions. Monday’s earthquake was the largest Turkey has seen since 1939, when 33,000 people died in the eastern Erzincan province.

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