NAPLES, Italy — U.S. service members are setting up a 100-bed field hospital in one of the areas hit hardest by this month’s devastating earthquakes in Turkey, which have killed more than 48,000 people.
The Defense Department hospital, delivered Wednesday to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, includes two operating rooms, an intensive care unit and medical supplies, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement Friday.
Incirlik has become a global hub for earthquake aid in the aftermath of the disaster.
Personnel from Task Force 61/2, under the command of 6th Fleet, are establishing the hospital in the province of Hatay, which is in southern Turkey along the Mediterranean coast and bordered by Syria, according to the statement.
The hospital will be set up by Marines from the task force and airmen from the 39th Air Base Wing. It is expected be completed in about a week and then turned over to the Turkish health ministry, the Navy said.
More than 43,000 people in Turkey and an additional 5,500 more in Syria were killed as a result of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Feb. 6 and the subsequent aftershocks, The New York Times reported Friday.
Nearly 1.7 million quake victims have been displaced. On Monday, 6.3-magnitude quake struck the beleaguered area.
Also this week, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Seabees sent winterized shelters from Naval Station Rota in Spain to Incirlik, according to a Wednesday post on the base’s Facebook page.