8 Malawians Displaced in Turkey Quake
A total of eight Malawians have been displaced following an earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday 6th February.
The earthquake, the largest ever recorded in Turkey has killed over fifteen thousand people leaving millions of others displaced.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that eight Malawians have since been displaced and are seeking temporary shelter.
Spokesperson for the Ministry, John Kabaghe told Zodiak Online that efforts are still ongoing to know the exact number of those affected but indicated that no Malawian is reported dead following the incident.
“Our mission in Berlin has confirmed that eight Malawians have been displaced but this is preliminary reporting and all of them have survived, however they are living in temporary shelter as the building they were living in has developed cracks,” he said.
Kabaghe has appealed to Malawians to reach out to the embassy if they know any relative who might have been affected by the earthquake.
An international relations expert, Maclan Kanyangwa has since advised the Government to continue with the contact and tracing exercise to know all Malawians affected by the earthquake.
Said Kanyangwa “the Government should ensure that it puts mechanisms to protect lives of Malawians because there is a possibility that some people are there but did not consider authorities of their presence in that region.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the earthquake could affect up to twenty three million people in Turkey and Syria.