I am deeply saddened by the devastating loss of lives in Turkey and Syria following the earthquakes that struck both countries. Reports state that the death toll is 2,300 and climbing. At least 9,733 people in Turkey have been injured with a further 2,403 reported injuries in Syria.
Many Trinidadians and Tobagonians have an ancestral bond with both Syria and Turkey and may have relatives affected by this tragedy. I wish to express my love, sympathy and support to our Turkish and Syrian communities in this time of crisis.
My deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this disaster. I hope that the survivors are found quickly and wish them a speedy recovery.
May god grant all persons affected, comfort, peace and solace in this very difficult time.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
6th February 2023