A 36-year-old plant engineer from Uttarakhand, Vijay Kumar, is missing in Turkey in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck the country and Syria on Monday. He works for Bengaluru-based Oxyplants India Private Limited and was sent to Turkey by the company for execution and commissioning of a dissolved acetylene gas plant. His family members based in Dehradun are in touch with Indian embassy officials, however, no update has been received on his whereabouts yet. According to the family, the hotel in which Vijay was staying collapsed following the earthquake and efforts to contact him ever since have gone in vain. Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, had said, “Apart from one Indian missing and 10 Indians who are safe but in tough conditions, we don’t have any other reports at this point of time.” The toll in the catastrophic earthquake, and a series of aftershocks, that hit Turkey and Syria has crossed 19,000.
Today: December 1, 2023