The Zambian Embassy in Ankara is now evacuating SIX self-sponsored Zambian students from Dicle University in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, after their residence collapsed as a result of an earthquake.
The pupils will stay in Ankara for the time being.
This is stated in a statement released this evening by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry In the wake of the earthquake, according to Stanley Kakubo, the Zambian Mission has kept an eye on known Zambians in Ganziantep Province and the neighboring provinces, and it will keep a watchful eye on the situation.
On February 6, 2023, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Republic of Turkey, resulting in 10,000 fatalities so far.
Its epicenter was in Turkey’s Ganziantep Province, and it had an impact on the country’s central region as well as neighboring Syria.
“The Zambian Mission has continued to check on known Zambians in Ganziantep Province and the surrounding provinces in the aftermath of the earthquake, and it will continue to closely monitor the situation.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Türkiye (AFAD) has reported more than 10,000 deaths in Türkiye and 40,000 injuries resulting from the earthquake,” Mr Kakubo said.
The minister added that following the disastrous earthquake, the government had sent its sincere sympathies to the government and people of the Republic of Türkiye on the tragic loss of life and sadness over the destruction of property.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation remains actively seized over this matter and will update the nation as and when need arises,” Mr Kakubo said.