As the number of dead victims of the Turkey earthquake continues to rise, the ten Tanzanians who are in the country are so far believed to be safe and that the government is working to trace them.
The ten sports envoys from Tanzania happen to be members of the Tembo Warriors Football Club who had travelled to Turkey to participate in sports endeavors there, having been hired by Turkish Teams.
The ten Tanzanian sports envoys in Turkey are all physically challenged individuals. Tembo Warriors is the national amputee soccer team.
Hassan Abbas, the permanent secretary of the ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports, posted on his page that there are already efforts to ensure that Tanzanian footballers return safely from Turkey.
He revealed that the sports personalities from Tanzania who had gone to Turkey to participate in the country’s wheelchair soccer leagues for various Turkish clubs.
According to Abbas, there are four Tanzanians who are said to be playing in Istanbul, while their two colleagues are reported to be in the Mersin City.
Also, there are two other Tanzanians in Kayseri, Turkey, one in Konya and another one in İzmir.
Tanzania participated and did very well in the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup finals that were staged in Turkey.
Many of the local players were thus taken by the teams in Turkey. They are now stuck in the country following the earthquakes that struck on Monday.
So far more than 17,000 people have been confirmed dead in both Turkey and Syria, the two countries that were badly hit by a series of earthquakes.
The Czech Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday that the first Czech national was killed in the earthquake in Turkey
There are thousands of people who have been badly injured due to natural calamities.
Syria’s Minister of Health, Hassan Ghabbash appealed to the World Health Organization to provide them with medical supplies for emergency treatment of thousands of people incapacitated by the earthquakes.
Meanwhile Aid and other supplies shipments from the United Nations (UN) Turkey and Northern Syria Turkey are ongoing.