The following article and picture materials have been provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language news publications since 1985.—Ed.
A group of Uzbek chefs who arrived the day before from Uzbekistan in one of the regions of Türkiye most affected by the natural disaster - the city of Gaziantep, began their duties.
The best chefs from Uzbekistan, led by a well-known pilaf master Bakhriddin Chustiy, voluntarily arrived in Türkiye to help the fraternal people in difficult times.
Recognized masters of their craft work around the clock to help the fraternal people in difficult times. Every day they cook the well-known Uzbek pilaf and other national dishes in at least 6 large cauldrons and distribute it to people.
It should be noted that all ingredients for cooking are brought from Uzbekistan as humanitarian aid. А group organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan and the “Yoshlar – Kelajagimiz” Foundation went to the southeastern regions of Türkiye most affected by the devastating earthquake to cook hot food on the spot and distribute it to those in need.
Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye (GNAT) Mustafa Şentop visited the tent of volunteers who arrived from Uzbekistan. The head of the Parliament watched the process of preparing Uzbek pilaf in a large cauldron and expressed gratitude to the Uzbek chefs for their noble work.
On February 6, strong earthquakes occurred in the southeastern part of Türkiye, the consequences of which shocked the whole world. Uzbekistan people share the pain and grief of the Turkish brothers and mourn with them.
On the same day, the President of Uzbekistan expressed condolences to the people of Türkiye and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A group of rescuers has been sent from Uzbekistan to help eliminate the consequences of a natural disaster. Humanitarian aid shipments are regularly sent.
On February 13, the fifth plane with humanitarian aid to the Turkish people arrived in Türkiye’s Adana from Uzbekistan. Clothes, shoes, tents, beds, blankets, sleeping bags, electric stoves, lanterns, baby food, diapers, cleaning and hygiene products, generators, food, canned food and essentials were donated to the victims of the earthquake.
Earlier, on February 8, another plane of the Ministry of Defense with a group of rescuers and medical workers consisting of 71 people departed to the Republic of Türkiye.
The military medical detachment also includes specialist dog handlers (with service dogs) and supplies. They are provided with all the necessary equipment. The detachment also brought with them medicines and 100 mobile beds.
Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan also arrived in Türkiye to eliminate the consequences of the earthquake. Search and rescue work is carried out in the villages of Ovakent and Cumabazar of Hatay province, where more than 10,000 ethnic Uzbeks live.
Rescue operations are underway 24 hours a day. Rescuers from Uzbekistan are being assisted by specialists of the National Medical Rescue Team of Türkiye (UMKE).