Turkey Syria Earthquake: PM Modi had made a plan even before asking for help, how did Operation Dost start?
New Delhi. The earthquake in Turkey and Syria occurred on Monday at 6.58 am according to Indian time, but India started work on the ‘Operation Dost’ campaign within just an hour. Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive, the discussion on the preparation of ‘Operation Dost’ started between 7:30 am to 8 am on Monday i.e. February 6.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting at 10 am in the South Block i.e. Ministry of External Affairs. Then at 12:30 pm Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra held a meeting of various ministries. Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Health Secretary, Civil Aviation Secretary, NDRF Director General, NDMA Director General besides officials of IDS Headquarters were also involved in the meeting.
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The meeting which started at 12:30 pm lasted till 1:30 pm. Significantly, the meeting started when India had not even received any official request for help from Turkey. But in the middle of the meeting, at around 1 pm, a request for assistance from Turkey also came to India. Prime Minister Modi had expressed India’s solidarity and commitment of all possible help regarding the earthquake in Turkey at around 11:30 am itself.
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Operational meeting to send help to Turkey took place between Defense Ministry, NDRF and NDMA in South Block at 3 pm, which lasted till 3.30 pm. Within 12 hours of the end of the meeting, the first C17 Globemaster aircraft of the Indian Air Force had left for Turkey and so far a total of 5 C17 Globemasters have gone to Turkey and a special aircraft has left for Syria with relief material.
That is, within just 24 hours of the earthquake in Turkey, the first relief and rescue cargo plane from India had taken the first team of NDRF. Meanwhile, Turkey’s Disaster Management Agency said on Thursday that the death toll has risen to more than 15,000 after more bodies were retrieved from the rubble of collapsed houses in the region affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 09, 2023, 13:36 IST