The Turkish State Railways (TCDD) has evacuated about 40,000 people from the quake-hit area in southern Turkey over the past few days, the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry said on Wednesday. The brief statement said that TCDD will continue to play its part in keeping people safe.


The railroads have been back in the spotlight for people’s safety since the start of the war in Ukraine a year ago. Ukrainian railways and their European counterparts played a key role in evacuating people from the war zone.

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Now TCDD is doing the same, now from the quake-hit area. To date, the company has carried out 210 evacuation flights, and delivered 39.5 thousand citizens to other regions. “We continue our journey without interruption and bring our earthquake victims to safety,” TCDD said. According to Transport Minister Adyl Karaismailoglu, 33 freight trains with humanitarian aid goods arrived in the region.

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