‘Almost all of my relatives have passed away’: Turks in Singapore mourn loved ones

Mr Syafiq, a management support officer, said: “My sister-in-law had this moment when she didn’t know who to save. Her husband told her to leave the house first and that he would save their children.”

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old launched a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 for food and warm clothing for survivors. Temperatures in some parts of Turkey, such as Kahramanmaras, are as low as -7 deg C. 

Singaporean Tansel Kaya, whose father is Turkish, said friends in the cities of Gaziantep and Adana told him that natural gas pipelines have been damaged. Food and water are also in short supply.

The 26-year-old, who works as a ship operator here, said: “This means (the operations) of many factories and bakeries are disrupted. Water pipes are also freezing due to the weather.”

Singaporean Shazly Ariff who lives in the city of Kayseri in central Turkey, said the sound of subsequent tremors was like a lorry rumbling right in front of him. “The light bulbs were shaking violently. I called all my family members to gather and we said prayers and hugged each other until it was over.” 

His Turkish wife just gave birth to a baby girl three weeks ago. None of them were injured. 


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