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Letters to the Editor

Standing by earthquake-hit Turkey, Syria

February 11, 2023 00:00:00

Tragedies do not seem to end. The world has just emerged from the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, only to witness an event that has recently cast a pall of gloom - the massive earthquakes, attributed to the Anatolian fault system that have struck Turkey and Syria. The visuals of buildings that have collapsed like the pack of cards are heart wrenching. The faces of children who have been rescued have moved us. International sanctions should not come in the way of providing help in this time of great calamity and desperate need. The international community should step in to alleviate the untold misery engendered by the earthquakes. Even they should lend a hand to the post-earthquake reconstruction of Turkey and Syria in an affirmation and a demonstration of the spirit of common humanity.

Despite all the scientific advancements made by mankind, it is unfortunate that there are no standard technologies to forecast earthquakes with a realistic degree of occurrence time, location, intensity and magnitude. The wrath of Nature is indeed deeply devastating. In times of such distress, the entire international community must stand united and help the affected countries.

Fariha Tabassum Piya,

Student of Department of Management,

University of Dhaka, Dhaka,

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