A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s north east city of Van on Sunday, October 23, 2011 with Its epicenter 35 km in north west of Van province, and shocks being felt as far as Orumieh and Duhok.
According to latest reports, the earthquake has caused massive destructions in several Kurdish cities in Turkey resulting in the death and injury of hundreds and the casualty tolls are even expected to be higher.
On the occasion of this tragic event, Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan conveys deepest sympathy to the people of Turkey in general and our Kurdish sisters and brothers in Turkey, and heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed, and wishes wellness for the injured ones.
We also appeal to all the Kurdish people, the humanitarian and relief organizations to assist those effected and offer necessary aid.
Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan
October 24, 2011