Japan pledged $27 million on Thursday in emergency humanitarian relief for those impacted by two devastating earthquakes in Syria and Turkey.
The World Food Program (WFP) and Japanese non-governmental groups will transport the supplies to two earthquake-stricken countries, Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa told reporters.
The details of the aid package are being worked out, Yoshimasa was quoted as saying by local broadcaster NHK.
Tokyo will continue to “act swiftly” and provide assistance in any way necessary to earthquake victims, he added.
Japan has been doing its utmost to send rescue crews and aid supplies to the region, based on its experience with earthquakes and other disasters, he said.
At least 36,187 people were killed by the two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye last week, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said on Thursday.
The Feb. 6 magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, affected more than 13 million people across 11 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, and Elazig.
Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors that struck Türkiye in the space of less than 10 hours.