Polish mine rescuers to set out on mission to Turkey

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The Prime Minister of Poland has declared that mine rescuers are being dispatched to Turkey to aid in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake that struck the nation on Monday.

More than 5,000 people were killed and thousands injured when a 7.8-magnitude quake struck central Turkey and northwest Syria in the early hours of Monday.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month emergency in 10 provinces hit by the earthquake.

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On Tuesday morning, a team of 76 Polish search and rescue specialists arrived in Turkey to help in rescue and relief operations.

Later in the day, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, wrote on Twitter that Polish mine rescuers would also set out on a mission to Turkey.

“The scale of the tragedy is so huge that every kind of help is needed,” he wrote.

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