Wellington: New Zealand once again lends a helping hand to earthquake-ravaged Turkey and Syria. A financial assistance of four million New Zealand dollars (approximately Rs. 20.45 crore) has been announced for both countries. Kiwis Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced the new aid through a statement.
This is New Zealand’s third phase of aid to Turkey and Syria. In a press release, the Minister pointed out that it pains us that our brothers in Turkey, who have long-standing and strong relations with New Zealand, are affected by the disaster on such a large scale.
Syria’s earthquake victims are already living in dire conditions. Minister Mahuta said that they have been living in conflict for 12 years.
The earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria began in the early hours of February 6. Earthquakes measuring 7.7 and 7.6 on the Richter scale were reported in Turkey and northern Syria.