Feb 07, 2023

By Bob Komsic

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The federal government’s announced that Canada will provide an initial $10-million in assistance to Turkey and Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed thousands.
International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government’s also considering sending medical and search and rescue teams but first must receive an assessment from UN disaster response teams in the area.
”Right now, we have to conduct the assessments.
All that information needs to be worked out,” says Sajjan.
Nothing’s off the table.  We’ll look at any options.”
He is not estimating how long that might take.
The minister says while the ongoing Syrian civil war’s complicating things, Canada’s previously announced $50-million in aid to the country can help support earthquake relief efforts.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is looking into whether anyone thinking about immigrating here from Syria has been affected by the tremor and what can be done for them.
The death toll now tops 6,200 and is expected to still climb.
Turkey’s disaster management agency says over 24,000 emergency personnel are currently on the ground in the country.
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