After the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, the Thai government sent 5 million baht to Turkey and 1 million baht to Syria to aid with the aftermath. The quake killed nearly 20,000 people in Turkey and 5,000 in Syria.
It has been established that a Thai national’s body was discovered in the Turkish city of Iskenderun. The Thai woman who was killed has not been publicly named. As a result, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha sent condolences to the victim’s family and ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Thai embassy in Ankara to coordinate with Turkish officials to provide safe haven to the affected Thai people.
A total of 30 Thai nationals are said to be living in Turkey at the moment, and according to Kanchana Patarachoke, the Director-General of the Thai Department of Information, no further Thais have been reported injured or killed in the earthquake.
The Urban Search and Rescue Thailand (USAR Thailand) team of 42 has been deployed to Turkey to assist with the rescue operations at the request of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. The group, which includes rescuers, medical staff, and facilitators, works in accordance with United Nations protocols for delivering humanitarian aid.
When in need of immediate help, Thai citizens and their families in Turkey can reach the Thai Embassy in Ankara at +90 533 641 5698. For any consular concerns, you may always dial 02-572-8442 to reach the Department of Consular Affairs.