Katalin Novák thanks Hungarian rescue teams helping in Türkiye for their workText: honvedelem.hu | Photo: László Kertész |  16:14 February 10, 2023
On 10 February, President of Hungary Katalin Novák, Commander-in-Chief, Hungarian Defence Forces published a post on her social media page in connection with the Turkish–Syrian earthquake, highlighting the merits of Hungarian rescue teams.
“The Hungarian rescue teams have already saved many lives, I thank them for their sacrificial work! We pray for the injured and the families of the victims”, wrote the head of state.
Our photographer, László Kertész is covering the work of the Hungarian HUNOR rescue organization in Türkiye, and our readers can see his latest photos in our picture gallery. The Hungarian Defence Forces have dispatched a five-member military medical detachment to the spot, and the military doctors have integrated into the work teams of the HUNOR and the Counter Terrorism Centre of Hungary (TEK).
According to data provided by the Turkish Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), currently 30,306 professionals are working on the rubbles, including foreign rescue teams. Together with the auxiliary staff, the rescue operations involve a total of 121,128 persons. The death toll already stands at no less than 18,342 in the wake of the earthquakes that occurred in the southern and southeastern parts of Türkiye on Monday, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA), the Turkish state news agency on 10 February. The number of the injured has reached 74,242.