The United States will continue to provide assistance to those impacted by the earthquake in Türkiye, Ned Price, the spokesman of the U.S. State Department said at a press conference, APA reports.
The devastating earthquakes affecting Türkiye and Syria earlier this week were one of the strongest in a century, Ned Price says.
He also offered his sincerest condolences to all of those impacted – victims, survivors, rescuers, first responders, families, neighbors, and friends.
"The United States is working very hard to support the people in Türkiye and Syria in their hour of need. More than 15,000 people, including U.S. citizens, have lost their lives. The number continues to rise by the hour," says the spokesman.
"Earlier today, Secretary Blinken spoke with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu to express our continued support and to discuss how the United States can continue our ongoing efforts to provide assistance in both Türkiye and Syria.
The United States is providing lifesaving assistance as our emergency response teams are on the ground and hard at work. In Türkiye, the U.S. Government is providing a Disaster Assistance Response Team that will coordinate with Turkish authorities on the full range of U.S. support. The DART team comprises some 200 people, including two highly trained urban search and rescue teams, specialized equipment and canines, and these teams have specialized training to coordinate with international partners in exactly this kind of situation," he added.