South Korea to provide nearly 5 million euros in humanitarian aid to Turkey following earthquakes

Archive image of the earthquake in Turkey. – Europa Press/Contacto/Efekan Akyuz

South Korean authorities said Tuesday that they will allocate $5 million (4.6 million euros) in humanitarian aid to Turkey after several earthquakes left more than 5,000 people dead on Turkish and Syrian soil.

The Government, which has pointed out that it will also send 110 troops to work in the search and rescue work for the missing after the tragedy, has also stated that the supply of medical material is also foreseen.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lim Soo Suk, explained during a press conference that all of them will be transferred in a military plane. The team will consist of 60 members of the Korean Disaster Relief Team and 50 army personnel.

The decision was taken after a meeting between several South Korean government agencies, which discussed the possible dispatch of aid. Earlier, the country’s President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered the government to «quickly» send workers and supplies to the country following a meeting between Foreign Minister Park Jin and Turkey’s ambassador to the Asian country, Murat Tamer.

In addition, authorities are weighing the possibility of sending KC-330 air tankers to the country and have issued a special travel alert for six Turkish provinces.