President M Abdul Hamid today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and damage of properties in the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
In a condolence message, the Head of State prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved families.
The President offered all possible assistance from the Government and people of Bangladesh, saying, “Bangladesh Government and its people are always by the side of the disaster victims of Turkey and Syria.”
A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria, killing many people as buildings and establishments collapsed across the snowy region.
Abdul Hamid wished early recovery of the injured.
UNB adds: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed deep shock at the casualties of people in a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria that killed over 1900 people.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister sought eternal salvation for the souls of the deceased and expressed sympathy to the bereaved families.
She said that the government and people of Bangladesh are standing by the side of Turkey and Syria during this crisis.
Hasina assured all kinds of cooperation on behalf of her government and wished for the quick recovery of the injured.
The Associated Press reported that a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked wide swaths of Turkey and Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 1900 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.
On both sides of the border, residents jolted out of sleep by the pre-dawn quake rushed outside on a cold, rainy and snowy night. Buildings were reduced to piles of pancaked floors, and major aftershocks or new quakes, including one nearly as strong as the first, continued to rattle the region, AP said.
Our Diplomatic Correspondent adds: Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen expressed deepest condolences to the government and the people of Türkiye and Syria on the tragic loss of lives in the deadly earthquake that took place in Türkiye, Syria border area on Monday.
Dr. Momen said, in his condolence message sent to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, "At this sad moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the brotherly people of Türkiye, as well as with the families of the victims. We pray to the almighty Allah for divine mercy for those who have lost their lives and for the speedy recovery of those injured."
"Bangladesh stands beside the brotherly people of Türkiye and is ready to extend any kind of help at this particular time," Dr. Momen said in the message.
In a condolence message sent to Syrian Foreign Minister Dr. Faisal Mekdad, Dr. Momen said, "I extend my profound grief and condolences to the victims of this earthquake; both deceased and the injured, members of the bereaved families as well as to the people of the Syrian Arab Republic as they grieve over this horrific national tragedy."
"Bangladesh stands in solidarity with the brotherly people of Syria at this critical hour," Dr. Momen said in the message.