Pakistan Army team returns after 17-day rescue operation in Turkiye


After winning the hearts of the people of Turkiye, the Pakistan Army Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team comprising 33 members returned to the country on Friday after completing its 17-day rescue operation conducted in the earthquake-affected areas of the brotherly country

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said it has made arrangements to send an organised team of Pakistan Army to Turkiye on February 6 on the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

The NDMA has also arranged to send a 53-member team of Rescue 1122 to Turkiye

The team was welcomed by Federal Education Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain and the Ambassador of Turkiye to Pakistan and NDMA officials

Officials of the Turkish Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also participated in the ceremony

Read more: WATCH: Pakistani rescuers depart from Turkiye amid applause The Turkish ambassador paid tribute to the Pakistan Army team, while the Turkish Embassy presented them a bouquet of flowers

The NDMA has been in constant communication with AFAD, Turkiye’s disaster management organisation, as assistance in relief and rehabilitation activities would be continued in Turkiye by the Pakistani disaster authority

قوم کے ان بہادر اور فرض شناس بیٹوں کو سلام پیش کرتے ہیں جنہوں نے ترکیہ کے بہنوں، بھائیوں اور بچوں کی زلزلہ کی تباہی کے دوران زندگیاں بچائیں، دن رات انسانیت کے جذبے سے کام کیا۔ ترکیہ میں ریسکیو آپریشن مکمل ہونے پر ریسکیو 1122 کے دستے کی وطن واپسی کا قابل فخر اور روح پرور نظارہ pic

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com/Z1TNO8Mhrv — Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 23, 2023 The rescue team was recognised by the international and Turkish media for being the first to reach the earthquake victims in Turkiye and the last to leave

During its time in Turkiye, Pakistan's USAR team searched a total of 91 sites while showing the essence of their professional skills in the rescue operation at 39 locations

Some eight people, including small children, were saved alive by day and night efforts

Besides the solo operations, the team also recovered five other alive persons with the help of other rescue teams

Moreover, the team recovered 138 people who died under the debris and handed them over to the Turkish administration

The team also cleared two sites completely for camping

The USAR team of the Pakistan Army was also appreciated by international and local news channels of Turkiye



Date:25-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link