Central Urgent Appeal for Help: Plant Engineer Missing in Turkey Earthquake

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A 36-year-old plant engineer from Uttarakhand who went missing during the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday was on a month-long office trip and was supposed to return later this month, according to his family in Dehradun.

The missing person, Vijay Kumar, works for Oxyplants India Private Limited in Bengaluru and was sent to Turkey by the company to work on a dissolved acetylene gas plant for a gas supply company. His elder brother, Arun Kumar, who also works for Oxyplants as a technical consultant, provided this information.

Vijay arrived in Turkey on January 23 and the last contact with him was on Sunday, as per Arun. Despite Arun’s efforts to get updates from the Indian Embassy in Turkey, there is still no information about Vijay’s whereabouts or safety.

The embassy officials mentioned that the rescue operation faces challenges due to the proximity of the location where Vijay was last seen to a petrol pump. It is his first visit to Turkey, and Arun is in constant communication with authorities, but no progress has been made so far.

The family reported that the hotel where Vijay was staying collapsed during the earthquake, and all attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful. His phone rings but there is no response, according to Arun.

Originally from Lansdowne tehsil in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district, Vijay lives and works in Bengaluru while his wife and six-year-old son reside in Dehradun.

The Ministry of External Affairs stated that besides one missing Indian, there are 10 Indians in difficult conditions but safe. The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 19,000, according to reports from Ankara on Thursday.

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