So far 16 people owe their lives to the Hungarian rescue teams, and the Hungarian contingent participating in the rescue operation in Türkiye is soon to be expanded, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó wrote on Wednesday, 8 February.
The minister wrote on his social media page that “heart-rending news from Türkiye has come in at night and also in the morning”, the death toll of the earthquake is nearing 5500, and the number of casualties 35,000. As he put it, the search and rescue operations have entered a critical phase, but there is still hope for finding survivors under the rubbles. He added that since the afternoon of 8 February, the Hungarian contingent has been participating in the rescue operation with 156 members and 28 dogs.
Working in eight-hour shifts 24/7, the team of Hungarian rescue organization Hunor has been searching the rubble of a collapsed 20-story condo with reinforced steel structure in the city of Antakya, the capital of Hatay Province in South-Eastern Türkiye. According to reports, the temperature fell as low as –2-3 C° during the night, which reduces the chance of survival and complicates the work of the rescue teams.
As we have earlier reported, the first Hungarian rescue team and the 9 tons of equipment and supplies were transported to Türkiye aboard an Airbus A319 aircraft of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
The five military traumatologists who travelled to the scene together with the rescue team are also continuously helping with providing care to the injured.