Mourning ceremonies were held in Turkmenistan today in remembrance of the Ashkhabad earthquake of 1948. Flags flew at half-mast in all the cities and villages of the country, all national TV channels demonstrated a documentary newsreel of those events in the accompaniment of minor melody.
As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, the main memorial service was held this morning in the village of Kipchak, where President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and accompanying officials laid flowers at the memorial complex near the Spirituality of Turkmenbashi mosque. According to tradition, the flower laying ceremony was followed by a memorial ritual meal, Sadaka, and memorial prayers.
In his address to the audience, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the great help and support Turkmenistan received from all the republics of the Soviet Union, noting that hundreds of teams of doctors came to destroyed Ashgabat from across the country to treat the injured on site, and more than 30,000 victims were transported to Azerbaijan Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for treatment.
62 years ago - in the night of 5 to 6 October 1948, the Turkmen capital and about 40 surrounding communities were literally wiped off the map. More than 176,000 people died in the earthquake, the strength of which in the epicenter reached 10 points on the Richter scale. Turkmenistan declared October 6 the day off.