Sindh Cabinet approves 100,000 tents for earthquake victims in Turkiye


The Sindh Cabinet approved giving one lakh tents to the earthquake victims of Turkiye.

According to the spokesperson of the Sindh government, in the meeting of the provincial cabinet, approval was given to give 100,000 tents for the earthquake victims of Turkey.

In the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said that the people of Turkey had given immediate aid to the flood victims of Sindh, we cannot leave the people of Turkey alone in this difficult time.

In the meeting, the cabinet also decided to give time scale to the employees of non-promotional posts of the health department. According to the spokesperson, this time scale will be given on good service of 5, 12, 19 and 27 years. The time scale is only one stage from the current pay scale. Above, this time scale will be given to employees in Grade BS I to 15.

Meanwhile, a major earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, killing about over 1.000 people as buildings collapsed across the snowy region, and triggering a search for survivors trapped in rubble.

The quake, which hit in the early darkness of a winter morning, was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.

“I have never felt anything like it in the 40 years I’ve lived,” said Erdem, a resident of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the quake’s epicentre, who declined to give his surname.

“We were shaken at least three times very strongly, like a baby in a crib.”

Turkey’s disaster agency said 912 people had been killed, and 440 hurt, as authorities scrambled rescue teams and supply aircraft to the affected area, while declaring a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance.

“Everybody is sitting in their cars or trying to drive to open spaces away from buildings,” Erdem said by telephone.

The United States was “profoundly concerned” about the quake in Turkey and Syria and was monitoring events closely, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter.

“I have been in touch with Turkish officials to relay that we stand ready to provide any and all needed assistance,” he said.

The region straddles seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.

President Bashar al-Assad was holding an emergency cabinet meeting to review the damage and discuss the next steps, his office said.