A 13-year-old girl rescued in the earthquake-hit Turkey and recovering at an India-run hospital has been photographed smiling with an Indian Army officer.
The photo has gone viral on social media and users have highlighted the spirit of the girl and grit of Indian personnel deployed in Turkey for relief and rescue operations.
Turkey and neighbouring Syria were hit with a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6. The death toll has crossed 35,000, according to latest reports, and the number of injured is over 1 lakh.
Soon after the earthquake hit the region, the Government of India announced a mission to help the country with relief and rescue work. Formally called Operation Dost, New Delhi sent relief material and rescue personnel from the Indian Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Turkey. The Indian Army has established a field hospital where those being rescued are being treated.
7th #OperationDost flight has delivered the relief material for Türkiye at Adana airport.— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 12, 2023
This included medical equipment like patient monitor, ECG, syringe pumps and disaster relief material, along with supplies for our teams on the ground. pic.twitter.com/v8JbjDOPNc
The photo of the 13-year-old was also taken at the Indian Army's 60 Para Field Hospital at Iskenderun in Turkey. It was originally shared by journalist Manish Prasad.
Sharing the photo on Twitter, Prasad wrote, "Meet two brave daughters of two nations - 13-year-old girl who was came out from debris after 72 hours. She lost three members in family and Major Beena Tiwari of 60 Para Field Hospita, Iskenderun, Turkey."
Watch @indiatvnews Exclusive Ground report from #Hatay,#İskenderun, #Gaziantep.Meet two Brave daughters of two nation- 13 yrs old girl who was came out from debris after 72 hr, She lost 3 members in Family and Major Beena Tiwari of 60 #ParaFieldHospital,Iskenderun,#Turkey.@adgpi pic.twitter.com/sfP7KkKgpN— Manish Prasad (@manishindiatv) February 9, 2023
Earlier, the video of Indian personnel rescuing a six-year-old girl from a rubble also surfaced on the internet.
The Indian personnel in Turkey have been received well. Earlier, a photo of a woman kissing the Indian woman officer was also shared by the Indian Army on Twitter. The woman officer has been identifed as Major Beena Tiwari of the Army Medical Corps (AMC).
#OperationDost— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 9, 2023
We Care.#IndianArmy#Türkiye pic.twitter.com/WoV3NhOYap
Tiwari is a third-generation Indian Army soldier as her father and grandfather both served as junior commissioned officers (JCOs), reported The Times of India.
The ToI reported, "Tiwari is part of the 99-member medical team which left for Turkiye on February 7 to contribute in relief and rescue work under the government of India's "Operation Dost" initiative."
Sharing Tiwari's photo with the girl patient, industrialist Anand Mahindra said, "Major Bina Tiwari with a rescued girl in the hospital opened by the Indian Army in Iskenderun. We have one of the largest armies in the world. They have decades of experience in rescue and peacekeeping operations. This can and should be the global image of India. #TurkeyEarthquake."
Besides deploying rescue personnel, India has also delivered medical equipment to Turkey, including patient monitor, ECG, syringe pumps, and relief material such as gensets, solar lamps, emergency and critical care medicines, and disaster relief consumables.
#OperationDost in full-swing— India in Türkiye (@IndianEmbassyTR) February 10, 2023
🇮🇳 Ambassador to 🇹🇷 Dr. Virander Paul with the Indian Army team of Field Hospital, Iskenderun, Hatay. Mobilised within hours of earthquakes, the hospital is treating hundreds of Turkish people daily. It is a remarkable symbol of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam pic.twitter.com/rEKk6CR6pP
India had begun deploying personnel and resources soon after the tragedy struck Syria. In a tweet last week, External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said over 140 tons of relief material was sent to Syria in just two days. Besides this, over 250 trained personnel, search and rescue teams with specialised equipment, and a 30-bed field hospital with specialists and medical equipment were also deployed.