The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was able to establish contact with the Hungarian nationals. According to minister Péter Szijjártó, all of them are safe and sound.
However, it seems that the ministry is unsure whether there are more Hungarian citizens in the earthquake-hit zone. Mr Szijjártó said today that if anybody held information about Hungarians affected by the catastrophe should contact the embassy or the consular office as soon as possible, Magyar Narancs wrote. He added that the football team of Ferencváros is currently in Türkiye in a training camp but they are all well. Meanwhile, yesterday, the handball team of Győr arrived home safely from Türkiye.
Here is Szijjártó’s video he posted this morning:
A group of 55 rescue troops and two dogs of Hungary’s National Directorate of Disaster Management arrived in Türkiye on Monday night and further aid will be sent to aid earthquake-hit Turkish regions, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Tuesday. Three organisations will send 46 rescue personnel and 15 dogs later on Tuesday, with a 40 million forint (EUR 102,000) government support, the ministry cited Szijjártó.
Hungary will help in all possible ways; “Tükiye can count on Hungary”, Szijjártó said. The foreign ministry is in contact with all Hungarians in Türkiye, seven of whom are currently in the earthquake-hit Hatay region, he said. “Everyone is well, we are in contact with everyone,” he said, calling on people who know of further Hungarian citizens who might be impacted to contact the consulate or the Ankara embassy. Meanwhile, Hungary’s government is earmarking 50 million forints (EUR 127,194.12) for the Maltese Charity to send two mobile clinics to Syria, which was also impacted by the earthquake, he said.
The Hungarian Catholic Charity has sent a rescue team to earthquake-hit Türkiye in cooperation with Budapest’s voluntary ambulance organisation and the capital’s association of firefighters. According to a Tuesday statement, the team consists of 19 people travelling in 5 vehicles. The team, which has a week’s supply, will join partner organisations in Türkiye and participate in search and rescue operations. The organisation welcomes donations at karitasz.hu, while people calling their hotline at 1356 can contribute 500 forints (EUR 1.27) with each call.
Source: MTI, Magyar Narancs