Posted: 10.02.2023 19:27:00

Second group of Belarusian rescuers off to Turkiye to help eliminate earthquake consequences

The second group of the special purpose emergency rescue unit – ZUBR – has gone to Turkish Gaziantep today, Belarus’ Emergencies Ministry reports

The IL-76 aircraft of the Armed Forces of Belarus has taken 32 rescuers, three search dogs and special equipment to Turkiye.   

“It is gratifying to note that Belarusian rescuers have already opened a list of saved lives,” Aleksandr Khudoleev, the First Deputy Emergencies Minister, stressed. “Our new team and the necessary equipment will help the guys who are already working in Turkiye, also contributing to the expansion of the range of emergency rescue operations and strengthening of the international group of rescuers.”

In total, 64 Belarusian specialists are involved into elimination of the earthquake consequences in Turkiye, including 5 canine crews and four pieces of equipment designed to search for victims from under the rubble.

“Search and rescue operations are carried out using all available advanced methods and technologies: in order to search for victims under the rubble and monitor the condition of building structures, our Emergencies Ministry’s rescuers use acoustic radars, video endoscopes, thermal imagers, vibraphones, special rescue and climbing equipment. They are also ready to provide medical care – both therapeutic and resuscitation,” the Emergencies Ministry added.