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State says no Kenyan victim in Turkey, Syria disaster



No Kenyan has so far been affected by Monday’s earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the government has stated.

The government at the same time yesterday issued an emergency line for communication by any persons in distress. Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Alfred Mutua said his ministry is in touch with Kenya’s mission in Ankara, Turkey, for updates.

He called on Kenyans to donate foodstuff, clothes and money to aid those affected by the earthquake that has so far killed over 5,000 people. “We will soon be communicating collection points,” he said during a joint media address with the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya, Subutay Yuksel. Mutua announced that his ministry was co-ordinating with other Government agencies to be able to send search and rescue specialist teams to the two nations to assist in the ongoing operations.

“We share the pain with the people of Turkey and Syria, we join the international community in praying and condoling with the two countries. As good people of Kenya we can’t just sit, we have to offer our assistance,” he stated.

Shipping products Mutua said as part of showing solidarity with the two affected nations, Kenya will also be shipping tea, coffee and cashew nuts to the people of the two nations. The emergency number he issued is: +905385020960.

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