Turkey-Syria earthquake: Dog helps lost aid team reach victims

Video footage that has surfaced online shows the dog running ahead, with an aid vehicle closely following the animal after a road closure

By Anadolu Agency

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Published: Mon 13 Feb 2023, 10:41 AM

A Turkish aid team managed to reach earthquake victims in southern Turkey by following a dog when they got lost.

After setting out for a village in the Goksun district of the Kahramanmaras province, the team chose an alternate route as the road was closed due to snow and rocks. After a while, they lost their way and decided to follow a dog that approached them. Thanks to the guidance of the dog, they found the village and delivered the aid.

The team also recorded these moments with a mobile phone. The video footage shows a dog running ahead and the aid vehicle, which is following the animal.

Rescue efforts and humanitarian aid continue uninterrupted for earthquake victims in the region affected by the disaster.

The powerful twin earthquakes that struck southern Turkey last Monday were three times stronger than the 1999 Marmara earthquake in the country's northwest, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.

At least 33,000 people were killed by the quakes, the country's disaster agency said Sunday.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, centreed in the Kahramanmaras province, affected more than 13 million people across 10 provinces including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors that struck Turkey in the space of less than 10 hours.

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