October 26, 2011
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is sending emergency supplies to Turkey as the country continues rescue operations following a devastating October 23 earthquake.
The 7.2 magnitude tremor which struck Tabanli village near the country’s eastern city of Van killed more than 300 and injured 1,300 people. Some 2,000 houses and buildings were destroyed or damaged.
Responding to a government request, JICA is airlifting tents from its regional warehouse in Frankfurt to Van and arranging for dispatch of other supplies.
JICA recently responded to a series of natural disasters occurring almost simultaneously in many parts of the world.
Earlier this month it dispatched supplies to Thailand and Cambodia which suffered from heavy rains and flooding, as well as El Salvador and Honduras a half way across the Pacific where a lingering tropical depression caused widespread landslide and flooding.
To further help flood-stricken Thailand, the agency recently sent a survey team to assess the country’s longer term recovery needs and water utility and underground railway experts to help its capital Bangkok tackle the impending flooding.