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Japan sends medical team to ‘Yolanda’ affected areas

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A member of the Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team salutes before their departure for a disaster relief mission to the Philippines at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, November 11, 2013. Rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines on Monday while soldiers tried to quell looting in the chaotic aftermath of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai )

Japan will dispatch its Disaster Relief (JDR) Medical Team to the areas affected by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), which devastated the Visayas region last Friday.

According to the Japanese Embassy in Manila, the medical team, consisting of 24 members, is expected to arrive in Manila Monday night.

The Embassy said prior to the dispatch of the medical team, two personnel from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) arrived in the Philippines last Sunday to help assess the damage of the typhoon.

In addition, two JICA experts joined the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team deployed to the Philippines last November 7 for coordination with international donors.

  • Jinky Shikamoto

    I am happy to be a part of your mission! Ichi jitai no minna sama O-Tsukaresama Deshita!!

  • Carl Madrazo Jr

    after Japan’s tsunami experience, they were able to innovate on the x-ray. this is something that the Filipino scientist should emulate, but may be that is next to the impossible because the culture of “graft and corruption” is getting to endemic in the Philippine culture. Even the so-called Commission of Science and Technology is riddled administration who would like to pocket resources. Thus, there is no available resources for innovation or research. This is sad and the next generation of Filipinos will have to face this issue for our generation is almost like a bunch of talkative and plundering characers…just see who are voted into the Philippine congress and senate!