No Vietnamese citizens affected by earthquake in Turkey, Syria so far: MOFA

WVR/VNA - There has not been any information confirming Vietnamese citizens are among those affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the most powerful over the past nearly 100 years.
Vietnamese Embassy contacts Turkish authorities after devastating earthquake
Vietnamese Embassy contacts Turkish authorities after devastating earthquake: At the scene in Turkey. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

On February 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed the Vietnamese Embassies in Turkey as well as in Iran and Syria to contact local authorities and the Vietnamese expatriate community to update information and be ready to take citizen protection measures in case there are Vietnamese among victims of the disaster that occurred in the morning of the same day.

Until the end of February 6, there is no information about Vietnamese citizens affected by the earthquake.

To receive support in case of need, Vietnamese citizens can contact the hotline number for citizen protection as follows:

- Embassy of Vietnam in Turkey: +90 545 7858548;

- Embassy of Vietnam in Iran (concurrently Syria): +989306459865;

- Citizen Protection Call Center: +84.9818848484.

Related fatalities have so far neared 1,800, including at least 783 in Syria and 1,014 in Turkey, with many buildings flattened.

As one of the world's most active earthquake zones, Turkey experienced several strong earthquakes in the past, including the one with a magnitude of 7.4 in 1999 that was the most severe in decades, resulting in over 17,000 fatalities. The most recent 7-magnitude earthquake occurred in October 2022 in Aegean, causing 114 deaths and over 1,000 injured.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)

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