Japan pledges $5 mln, emergency goods, and tents for Haiti quake relief

Japan on Thursday pledged five million dollars in emergency aid to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that may have killed more than 100,000 people.

Tokyo planned to cooperate with United Nations agencies in distributing the aid, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Japan will cooperate with UNICEF and the World Food Programme to carry out support swiftly,” said the statement.

A foreign ministry official said that “separately, Japan will send emergency goods worth 30 million yen (330,000 dollars) including tents to Haiti.”

“To study the needs in the field of medical services, we have formed a research team,” he added, saying the team was due to be dispatched to Haiti as early as Thursday.

Japan, which experiences about 20 percent of the world’s major earthquakes, has in the past dispatched disaster experts, including rescue and medical teams, to quake-hit regions and provided financial aid.

Photo by: United Nations Development Programme

Japanese Red Cross Goes to Haiti

A 7.0 magnitude quake struck Port-au-Prince Haiti shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. An estimated 100,000 people have been killed and damage is widespread including the presidential palace. The Japanese chapter of the Red Cross is sending an official to the decimated Island of Haiti to asses what personnel and supplies will be needed for relief efforts. Naomichi Shirata will take a two week trip to Haiti to determine the necessary action that should be taken by the Japanese Red Cross.

For those seeking love ones in Haiti please contact the US State Department at 888-407-4747.
For those who may be in Japan contact the Haiti Embassy in Japan at +81-33-486-7096.

Photo by: IFRC