"Turkey, Syria. You are in our prayers."
Several Bollywood stars have expressed their grief following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt and Rajkummar Rao were just a few of the celebrities who are praying for those affected by the disaster.
Priyanka reshared a post by Time on her Instagram Story and wrote:
Resharing a post by Middle East Matters, Alia said:
“This is heartbreaking.”
Rajkummar said: “Turkey, Syria. You are in our prayers.”
Soni Razdan wrote: “Just heartbroken. Prayers for Turkey.”
In another post, Soni said she had donated relief and urged her followers to do the same.
Shilpa Shetty said: “Sending prayers to all the people whose lives have been affected by the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
“May the souls of all the departed rest in peace.”
Sunny Deol tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria and offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.
“May the injured recover soon.”
I am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey & Syria and offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. May the injured recover soon. #earthquake #Turkey #Syria
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) February 7, 2023
Turkey and Syria were hit by several earthquakes, including one measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.
The majority of the damage has taken place in southern Turkey and northern and central Syria.
The death toll in Turkey and in Syria passed 11,000 while tens of thousands are injured, making it the deadliest earthquake in a decade.
Thousands of emergency responders have been searching for people amid the rubble of collapsed buildings, and medical teams have been tending to the injured.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 afflicted provinces, which would facilitate the management of the emergency response.
The country’s Interior Ministry said it was assessing requests for help made through social media postings and relaying the information to rescue teams.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi became emotional over the earthquakes and during a speech, he recalled the 2001 Bhuj earthquake.
While addressing the people, PM Modi said:
“We are all looking at the destructive earthquake that hit Turkey.”
“There are reports of the deaths of several people as well as damage. Damages are suspected even in countries near Turkey.
“The sympathies of the 140 crore people of India are with all earthquake-affected people.
“India is ready to provide all possible help to the earthquake-affected people.”
Humanitarian aid is being provided by India, which was acknowledged by the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi.
“First batch of earthquake relief material along with NDRF’s special search and rescue teams and trained dog squads just arrived in Turkey.
“Thank you India for your support and solidarity.”