Muhammet Ruzgar (5) is removed from the site of a building destroyed after an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, February 7. Photo/REUTERS/Umit Bektas
ANKARA – The Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) team in Turkey, led directly by the Indonesian Ambassador, arrived at the earthquake area on 7 February 2023 at 21.30 local time.
They had traveled by land for about 17 hours due to the condition of the road which was damaged and filled with debris. The road under normal conditions is usually only taken in 5-6 hours.
Blizzard weather conditions with temperatures around 4 to -7 degrees Celsius.
“Alhamdulillah, according to the President’s order through the Indonesian Foreign Minister, the Indonesian Embassy team has arrived at the earthquake site to hand over humanitarian aid and evacuate the affected Indonesian citizens to Ankara. I have asked the evacuated Indonesian citizens to inform their families in Indonesia so that they are calm,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey Lalu M Iqbal.
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The Indonesian Embassy in Ankara, consisting of the Consular Team for the Protection of Indonesian Citizens, the Defense Attache Team and the Foreign Affairs Minister (BIN officials) have evacuated from the 4 points most affected by the earthquake.
“The number that was evacuated was 123 people from the original target of 104 people. This includes 2 Malaysian citizens and 1 Myanmar citizen,” said the Indonesian Embassy in Turkey.
An Indonesian citizen named Ayu Fira and her 2 children in Hatay who until yesterday were declared unable to be contacted, have been found and are safe.
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“Thank God, after tracking to the location where we lived, we found Mother Ayu Fira and her child safe,” said Bondet Suryonurwendo, Secretary 3 for the Protection of Indonesian Citizens at the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara who led the team to Hatay.
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