HKSAR gov't sends rescue team to quake-hit Türkiye

HONG KONG, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Wednesday that it has sent a search and rescue team of 59 members to earthquake-hit Türkiye.

The team, comprising officials from various departments including security, fire services, immigration and health, departed for Türkiye Wednesday night to assist the search and rescue operation at the quake sites.

HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee, who is in the United Arab Emirates on a business trip, thanked the rescue team for their professionalism and efforts to help save lives.

"The HKSAR government will fully support the team and ensure they complete the mission smoothly," he wrote on his social media account.

Earlier in the day, another Chinese rescue team of 82 members arrived at Adana Airport to assist in rescue efforts in Türkiye.

Two major earthquakes of 7.7 and 7.6 magnitudes hit Turkish province of Kahramanmaras on Monday, killing at least 9,000 people and injuring over 52,000 others.

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