An iconic landmark was lit in solidarity with Turkey and Syria after it was revealed an Australian was among the dead in a devastating earthquake.
The families of three Australians who are still missing in the area are hoping their loved ones are emerging from the devastation.
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A black ribbon was projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House on Thursday evening as a symbol of remembrance and mourning for the more than 12,000 victims.
The 7.8 magnitude quake shook the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras on Monday and also hit parts of neighboring Syria badly.
Sydney’s Can Pahali has been confirmed as the first Australian to die in the disaster after his body was recovered from rubble in Turkey.
Australia will offer more than condolences and plans to put boots on the ground to help with search and rescue efforts.
Fire and Rescue NSW will deploy 72 rescue workers, including 52 firefighters specially trained in urban search and rescue and disaster response.
FRNSW Assistant Commissioner David Lewis said crews didn’t want to be a burden when they landed, so they took everything they needed to be self-sufficient.
This includes 22 tons of high-tech equipment and essential consumables, from tents and bandages to bolt cutters, chainsaws and drills.
“We’re practically taking over a hardware store with us,” Lewis said.
Tech devices include search cameras, or “snake cameras,” designed to help find survivors in the rubble; laser building surveillance systems to alert rescue workers when debris is moving; and seismic listening devices that can detect further tremors and any survivors knocking for help.
“This gear goes wherever our firefighters go…we have everything they need from harnesses and portable radios to triple-A batteries and notepads,” Lewis said.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced his state would provide $1 million in immediate humanitarian aid to help those in need.
“The support of every Victorian comes from the affected communities and from the large and proud Turkish and Syrian communities of our state,” Andrews said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is assisting around 40 Australians and their families who were in the earthquake area at the time of the disaster.
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