The Georgian Embassy in Turkey has switched to an emergency mode of operation in response to the deadly earthquake in southeast Turkey, near the border with Syria, which killed thousands of people, including two Georgian nationals.
According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, the diplomatic mission is in constant communication with Turkey’s Emergency Situations Center to determine the location, condition, and necessities of Georgian citizens in the disaster zone.
Over two days, the Embassy received multiple notifications from Georgian citizens. The damaged roadways and airports, severe climatic conditions, and recurring earthquakes exacerbate the situation, the MFA reports.
“Over a hundred Georgians applied to the Embassy. Cases involving up to 20 people were tough. At this moment, the whereabouts of 14 individuals have been located, and their lives are not in danger. Efforts to locate the six missing citizens continue. So far, the deaths of two Georgians have been verified. The diplomatic mission is currently looking for solutions to evacuate and assist citizens,” Georgia’s MFA stated.