Turkey sends Myanmar one million dollars in aid

The Turkish Foreign Ministery said on Thursday Turkey is sending Myanmar one million dollars to help relief efforts amid warnings that the death toll from a devastating cyclone could top 100,000.

Turkey sends Myanmar one million dollars in aid
Hürriyet reported Turkey has pledged one million dollars to aid relief efforts after a devastating cyclone killed tens of thousands in Myanmar, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

"The sum is being urgently transferred," the statement said.

Turkey's Red Crescent also announced it would send a financial aid of $600,000 dollars to Myanmar.

"We immediately sent a four-people team to help survivors of the devastating cyclone which claimed lives of tens of thousands of people. Our team arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia. But they could not yet get permission from the military junta in Myanmar to enter the country. Once they are allowed, they will distribute relief supplies such as water, medicine and baby food," Tekin Kucukali, chairman of the Red Crescent Association said on Thursday.

"Also there is a Turkish martyrium in Myanmar where 1,500 Turkish soldiers, who were taken hostage by Britons during the World War I, were laid to rest. The martyrium was damaged in the cyclone. Our team will also deal with restoration of the martyrium," he added.

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