A major earthquake hit Turkey and Greece on Friday and killed at least 26 people with more than 700 left injured. Many buildings collapsed and flood situation occurred in some places. According to the Turkish media, as many as 196 aftershocks were felt, out of which 23 hit over magnitude 4.0.

The US Geological Survey said the centre point of the earthquake was 14 kilometres away from the Greek town of Karlovasi. Turkey’s Aegean resort city of Izmir suffered the most damage and rescue operations are currently going on in the region.

Mayor Tunc Soyer told CNN Turk that at least 20 buildings were destroyed in Izmir alone. In the Seferihisar district of Izmir, one person died of drowning after a small tsunami caused flooding in the area.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We will work with the two countries to ensure that emergency medical care is provided for those in need. Our thoughts are with all those affected”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis exchanged a word of grief with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who responded to show his support following the tragedy.

“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” Mitsotakis said in a tweet.

“Thank you, Mr Prime Minister. That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life,” Erdogan replied.

“It’s great to see both countries putting their differences aside to help each other during a time of need. The United States also stands ready to assist,” United States national security advisor Robert O’Brien joined in the Twitter thread.