The members of the Hungarian search and rescue teams involved in the earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria were welcomed by President Katalin Novák at a ceremony held on Tuesday at the Sándor Palace.
After a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the earthquakes, the head of state expressed her gratitude and thanked the rescue workers on behalf of all Hungarians.
You are our heroes. You, the men and women who were there to help after the tragedy, who worked day and night, without rest, to save lives,”
said Katalin Novák.
The president stressed that it is good to say that Hungary and the Hungarian people can be counted on when there is trouble. We can be proud that Hungarians fought from the first moment after the tragedy to save lives, she added.
Gülsen Karanis Eksioglu, Turkey’s ambassador to Budapest, thanked the rescue teams on behalf of her country. She said that February 6, the day of the earthquakes, would henceforth be a very important day in the history of the Turkish-Hungarian brotherhood. Hungary has once again shown that it can be counted on in difficult times, the ambassador said.
According to the ambassador,
167 Hungarian volunteers with 22 search dogs were involved in the rescue and 35 lives were saved: “35 families were given back hope, they brought a miracle.”
Gülsen Karanis Eksioglu said that the tragedy has so far left 30,000 dead and more than 80,000 injured, with more than 10,000 search and rescue workers involved in the relief effort.
Featured photo via MTI/Bruzák Noémi