Body of missing Indian man found under destroyed hotel in Turkey

An Indian citizen missing in Turkey since the Feb. 6 earthquake that killed more than 25,000 people has been rescued from under the rubble of a hotel in Malatya, the Indian embassy in Turkey said.

The embassy said the man, Vijay Kumar, from the mountains of Uttarakhand state, was on a business trip to Turkey.

The embassy further added that all arrangements are being made to bring the body back to India.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria on Monday, knocking down thousands of buildings, trapping an unknown number of people and potentially affecting millions.

Nearly 32,000 people from Turkish agencies are working on search and rescue efforts, Turkey’s disaster agency said Saturday. In addition, there are 8,294 international aid workers.

Tens of thousands of local and international aid workers are still scouring razed communities, even as cold weather exacerbates the misery of millions of people in dire need of aid.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged for the first time on Friday that his government could not reach and help victims “as quickly as we would like”.

The quake was the strongest and deadliest since a 7.8-magnitude quake in 1939 killed 33,000 people.

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