We are deeply saddened by the Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has affected ten cities in southern Turkiye, causing thousands of deaths and leaving a trail of great destruction in its wake. This is a difficult and trying time for our country and all those affected by this tragedy.
Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives, we send our deepest condolences and sympathy to those who have been affected, and we pray for the swift recovery of those who have been injured.
Aftershocks, freezing temperatures, and damaged roads are making the rescue and relief efforts more challenging. As the scale of the devastation from the initial quake – and two 7.5 magnitude tremors – became clearer, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency there, while the World Health Organization warned that the number of casualties could exceed 20,000.
We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and condolences that have been sent to us in these difficult times. We appreciate the kindness and generosity of those who have reached out to us, offering their thoughts and prayers. Your support and comfort have been invaluable to us during this time.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have been working tirelessly to help those affected by the earthquake. From the rescue workers and first responders, to the healthcare workers and volunteers, their bravery and selflessness are truly inspiring.
With deepest sympathy.