December 22, 2014
JICA sent the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team member to Bangladesh to help cope with damage from an oil-spill disaster after an oil tanker collided with another vessel in Shela River in Sundarbans.
The tanker sank after the collision on Dec. 9, causing an extensive oil spill in the designated natural reserve. There is growing concern over its impact on the environment including river water quality and animals and plants in the river basin, as well as possible health problems of residents in the neighboring area.
To respond to the accident, the Government of Bangladesh asked the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair (OCHA) to send a UNDAC team.
Following a request from OCHA, JICA dispatched a staff member from the Secretariat of Japan Disaster Relief to work as part of the UNDAC team.
The registered UNDAC team member needs to be recognized by OCHA as an expert in disasters. The dispatched UNDAC team will work together with the Government of Bangladesh and international organizations to collect required information, evaluate the damage situation, as well as assist with communications and coordination.