March 14, 2011 / 6:26 AM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Aid and rescue offers for Japan quake

(Reuters) - An international rescue effort to help Japan seek survivors of a massive earthquake and tsunami and address an unfolding nuclear crisis is gathering pace, with around 70 countries offering assistance.

Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Brian Fox, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, delivers supplies to Japanese aid workers during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts near Sendai, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 13, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Handout

Following is a list of aid offers:


— The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has arrived in Japan to assist relief efforts. More U.S. warships arrived off Japan’s coast on Sunday, ramping up relief efforts.

— The U.S. embassy in Tokyo has provided an initial $100,000 in immediate disaster relief assistance, and Washington is ready to provide any additional help requested.

— The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed two urban search and rescue teams, comprising some 150 people and around 12 dogs trained to detect survivors.

— A U.S. disaster response team sent to Tokyo includes experts in boiling water nuclear reactors from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


— A 102-member South Korean rescue team departed for Japan on Monday aboard three air force C-130 planes. They were bound for Fukushima, where the earthquake-stricken nuclear plant is located. A further 100 rescue workers are on standby to go to Japan. An advance team of five rescue workers and two search dogs have been in Japan since Saturday.


— A 15-member rescue team arrived in Japan on Sunday, state news agency Xinhua said, bringing with them four tonnes of equipment for search and rescue operations, including their own power supply and telecommunications.

— The government has donated 30 million yuan ($4.56 million) of relief supplies to Japan, the first batch of which has already left Shanghai, including quilts and tents.

— Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday Beijing stood willing to offer further help.


— A 28-member team of rescue specialists left for Tokyo on Monday. The team contains some specialists who recently worked in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was hit by a huge quake in February. It has sent its first batch of supplies, including clothing, blankets and food, and will start shipping heaters.


— Offered self-contained field hospitals and sent disaster victim identification teams, with two military transport aircraft carrying search and rescue teams.


— The cabinet has allocated 200 million baht ($6.58 million) to buy warm clothes, gloves, rubber boots, instant food and other goods to be sent to Japan in the next day or two in a military aircraft.

— It will also send 15,000 tonnes of rice.

— A first medical team leaves on Monday night, including two doctors and a nurse. They will primarily be taking care of about 500 to 600 Thai people in quake-hit Sendai, northeastern Japan. Thailand has another 17-staff medical team ready to go in the coming days.


— Will provide $200,000 in quake/tsunami aid, while the Vietnamese Red Cross will give an initial $50,000 via the Japanese Red Cross, state-run news website reported.


— Announced $1 million aid and a military relief team with medical assistance to be dispatched to Japan.


— The government is getting ready to ship planeloads of woolen blankets to affected areas to help fight cold weather conditions.


— It has sent fire brigade search and rescue specialists and equipment including heavy lifting and cutting equipment, and said it would send nuclear physicists if requested.


— Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, said it had offered to help in responding to the problems at Japanese nuclear plants if necessary. Russia sent 75 rescuers on Sunday to work in quake-affected areas, the Emergencies Ministry said.


— The southern Afghan city of Kandahar announced it was donating $50,000.


— It has donated $1 million and 2,500 woolen blankets, and has also offered to send up to 300 soldiers to help with relief efforts, according to the country’s Montsame news agency.

($1=30.38 Baht)

Reporting by Reuters bureaux, compiled by World Desk Asia

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