PSNews - According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no Vietnamese casualties have been reported following a deadly earthquake that struck Turkey and Greece on October 30.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered representative agencies in Turkey and Greece to continue keeping a close watch on the situation and remain in touch with local authorities and the Vietnamese communities in the two nations, in an effort to timely update information and carry out citizen protection measures if necessary.
In case of emergency, Vietnamese citizens can contact the embassies in Turkey +90-545-785-8548, in Greece +30-695-194-9459, or the citizen protection hotline +84-981-848-484.
|In this photo taken with a drone, members of rescue services search for survivors in the debris of collapsed buildings in Izmir, Turkey. Photo: AP.
As reported, the death toll from a powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea rose to at least 39 on October 31 as rescue workers in the Turkish city of Izmir raced to save dozens of more people thought to be trapped under the rubble of at least eight collapsed buildings.
The US Geological Survey said it was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, while Turkey’s disaster management agency recorded its magnitude as 6.6. Tremors were felt hundreds of miles from the epicenter, in Athens and Istanbul. More than 500 aftershocks followed, the disaster agency said.
Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer told Fox News that rescue teams were still trying to reach 180 people trapped under the rubble. Turkish media showed footage of orange and red-clad rescue workers slowly removing debris from a completely collapsed structure in Bornova, in the northwest corner of Izmir and one of the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods.
By Linh Bui