a woman being rescued from under rubble 34 hours after quake hit southern Türkiye - photo AA

Türkiye Earthquakes: Abiy Phones Erdogan to Offer Condolences

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has extended his condolences to Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the deadly earthquakes.

Abiy conveyed his condolences during his phone conversation with Erdogan on Friday.

“Ethiopia is always committed to help a friend in need,” the PM said after the conversation.

The East African nation “extends its humble support of materials and rescue teams to the recovery work in Türkiye,” he added.

The 7.7- and 7.6-magnitude earthquakes that struck southeastern Türkiye on Feb 6, affected more than 13 million people.

Reports on Friday put the death toll from two major earthquakes at 39,672.

ET begins Delivering Aid to Victims

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines said it has joined efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to people affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Ethiopian freighters are transporting 100 tons of humanitarian aid from Mexico to the Turkish victims of the disaster, as per the airlines.

Including in Syria, the tremors left more than 41,000 people dead and many more homeless. In Türkiye alone, 84,726 buildings were damaged in the earthquakes, the Daily Sabah reported on Friday.

Though the latest earthquakes are dubbed the “disaster of the century”, earthquakes are nothing out of the ordinary with thousands of tremors taking place all over the country that sits several fault lines, as per DS.