State Decorations Awarded to Rescue Team Members Operated in TurkeySociety
Ulaanbaatar, March 17, 2023 /MONTSAME/. Today, President of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh awarded the state decorations to the team members who participated in humanitarian relief and search and rescue operations in Turkey.
At an award ceremony held in the Chamber of Nine White Banners of the State Palace, State Decorations, such as the Medal of Military Honor, the Medal for Selflessness or Shudarga Juram, and Medals for Peace were conferred upon 35 team members who demonstrated courage and high skill and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities with honor during relief operations after the devastating natural disaster in Turkey.
President of Mongolia and Commander-in-Chief of the Mongolian Armed Forces Mr. Khurelsukh expressed his profound gratitude to the military members who safeguarded many lives in a highly organized and clever way under the severe weather condition and the devastating natural disaster.
This operation has been remarked in the history of Mongolia as the first large-scale, rapid and professional international search and rescue, medical and humanitarian operation.
The rescue team pulled eight people alive from under the rubble of buildings and took them to healthcare facilities, and the bodies of 19 people were handed over to the relevant authorities. With the help of their two search dogs, named Balu and Marta, they also located 45 bodies of people who lost their lives in the earthquake. The medical group, based on the local hospital, provided medical care to 649 people. In addition, five tons of meat, one ton of candles, 1000 blankets, and 20 Mongol Gers were sent to Turkey as humanitarian aid.
The President applauded the hard work of the recipients of the state decorations.