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Operation ‘Dost’ launched to help Turkey

Published on February 09, 2023
Current context: India has launched Operation Dost (meaning "friend" in Hindi) to assist Turkey after it was hit by a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Operation ‘Dost’ launched to help Turkey
  • The operation was launched in response to Turkey's support for India during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Turkey sent two aircrafts full of COVID medicines to India.
  • The operation involves the deployment of the Indian Air Force's C17 Globemaster aircraft, which carries medicines, relief materials, and teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
  • The aircraft started its journey from the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, UP, the largest airbase in Asia and operates under the Western Command.
  • Turkey is located in a seismically active zone, and the earthquake occurred due to the movement of the Arabian and African plates against the Eurasian plate at the tri-junction point.
  • The earthquake in Turkey resulted in a devastating loss of life, with thousands of people confirmed dead. It was the largest earthquake recorded in the region and caused widespread destruction.
  • The earthquake was felt in five tremors and was followed by over 60 aftershocks. According to data from the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicentre was located 23 km east of Nurdagi in the Gaziantep province, with a depth of 24.1 km.
  • The earthquake was followed by over 60 aftershocks, which were of the magnitude of mini earthquakes, which is unusual as aftershocks are typically less intense.


Q.1 India launched which operation to help Turkey?
a. Operation Raahat
b. Operation madat
c. Operation salam
d. Operation Dost
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