Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) The search and rescue team dispatched by Taiwan to southeastern Turkey after the deadly Feb. 6 earthquake has donated four metric tons of disaster relief equipment to its Turkish counterpart.
The items donated by the Taiwan Search & Rescue Team to the AKUT Search and Rescue Association included equipment that can break into collapsed buildings and support tilting structures as well as medical supplies, according to Taiwan's National Fire Agency on Monday.
The donations can also contribute to better cooperation on rescue missions between Taiwan and Turkey, which came to Taiwan's aid after the 921 earthquake in 1999, the agency said.
Turkey and neighboring Syria were hit by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Feb. 6 that toppled buildings and killed at least 35,000 people as of Tuesday morning Taiwan time, according to international media reports.
Shortly after the news of the deadly quake broke, Taiwan sent two teams with a combined 130 search and rescue workers and five dogs to Turkey.
During their five-day mission, the Taiwanese teams rescued two people from collapsed buildings, with one of the two later dying in a hospital.
Taiwan's government has also pledged to donate US$2 million to Turkey to support post-disaster relief efforts.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said it had received NT$490 million (US$16.2 million) in cash donations from the Taiwanese public for relief efforts as of Monday afternoon.