UN Chief saddened by loss of life, damage in Turkey earthquake

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Published: October 31,2020 08:41 AM
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October 31, 2020: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of life and the damage from the earthquake in western Turkey.

October 31, 2020: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of life and the damage from the earthquake in western Turkey.



The United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, "The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea today."



Earlier in the day, a powerful earthquake hit western Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea. At least 17 people died in Turkey as a result of the earthquake and 763 have been injured.



Dujarric said the UN chief expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished those injured a speedy recovery.



Guterres also commended the local response efforts and reiterated the United Nations' readiness to assist, Dujarric added.



 


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