Turkey earthquake rescue mission will be one of the 'hardest'

2023-02-06 14:37 update: 2023-02-07, 12:50
The Polish search and rescue team being sent to Turkey to help in the rescue effort following the massive earthquake that hit the country on Monday morning will be on one of its “hardest” ever missions.

Thousands are feared dead after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria in the early hours of Monday. 

The death toll had already soared to at least 1,500 by Monday afternoon.

As news of the quake broke, Poland said it would send a 76-strong team to Turkey.

"The mission... will be one of the hardest we've been on so far," the team's head, Grzegorz Borowiec, told PAP. Borowiec said the operation will last seven days, the maximum time given to search and rescue missions.

He said one of the biggest challenges will be low temperatures, especially at night, which will decrease the survival chances of people trapped under rubble and debris.