Following the order of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, preparatory work has begun to dispatch emergency rescue forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations numbering 370 people to the fraternal country in order to eliminate the consequences of a strong earthquake that occurred in Türkiye this morning and support search and rescue operations.

A major earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck central Turkiye and northwest Syria on Monday, killing scores of people and injuring hundreds as buildings collapsed, and triggering searches across the snowy region for survivors trapped in rubble.

Turkiye’s disaster agency said 76 people had been killed, and 440 hurt, as authorities scrambled rescue teams and supply aircraft to the area around the city of Kahramanmaras, while declaring a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance.