President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday said Cyprus was ready to provide any assistance needed in relation with the earthquake in the Greek island of Samos and Izmir in Turkey earlier in the day that led to the deaths of 19 people.
“The images I see from Samos and Izmir have shocked me. The loss of human lives, especially of young people, is the most painful thing,” Anastasiades said in a written statement.
Seventeen people have been reported killed in Turkey and more than 600 injured, while in Samos, two teenagers aged 15 and 17, a boy and a girl , were found dead in an area where a wall had collapsed.
“I express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Cyprus is ready to provide any assistance needed, he said.