March 16, 2011 / 6:28 PM / 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 a nuclear crisis is gathering pace, with many countries offering assistance.

The official death toll stands at around 4,000. Thousands are listed as missing and the number of dead is expected to rise. National media is reporting that more than 15,000 people are unaccounted for in the affected areas.

Japan’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that 113 countries and regions as well as 24 international organisations had offered help.

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Following is a list of aid offers:

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

AUSTRALIA: Sent a 72-strong urban search and rescue team, including sniffer dogs, to Miyagi prefecture. A military transport is also providing airlift support, helping move fresh water, Japanese troops and equipment to the quake zone.

— The government has also offered field hospitals and victim identification specialists.

BRITAIN: Sent fire brigade search and rescue specialists and equipment, including heavy lifting and cutting equipment consisting of 64 personnel and two dogs, and said it would send nuclear physicists if requested.

* CANADA: The Canadian Red Cross said it would provide approximately 25,000 woven thermal wool blankets from its emergency relief supply stockpile.

— Canada’s aid to Japan includes a 17-member Disaster Victim Identification team, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear technical expertise and equipment, Canadian Forces military assets to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts, relief stocks, and emergency medical and engineering capabilities. Supplies are to arrive in Tokyo on Thursday.

CHINA: A 15-member rescue team has arrived in Japan, state news agency Xinhua said, bringing four tonnes of equipment for search and rescue operations.

— 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.

— China’s Red Cross Society has donated another 5 million yuan ($761,200) in aid to its Japanese counterpart, Xinhua said. The group had donated 1 million yuan following the quake.

* ESTONIA: The Foreign Ministry said it has allocated 200,000 euros to help victims of the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

FRANCE: France has sent a search and rescue team consisting of 134 personnel.

GERMANY: Germany has sent a search and rescue team made up of 41 personnel and three dogs.

HUNGARY: Hungary’s emergency authority said it had offered a 16-member crew as part of the International Response Assistance Network (RANET) program to check radiation and do medical advisory work in seven monitoring teams.

INDIA: Is ready to send search and rescue teams and relief material. The navy is on standby to send its ships to Japan.

INDONESIA: Will send 15 search and rescue personnel with experience in the Haiti quake as well as blankets, mattresses, water tanks and bottled water in emergency aid.

LITHUANIA: Lithuania’s state fire and rescue service said it was ready, in conjunction with the European Union, to offer up to 32 rescuers, including three with search dogs and three paramedics.

MALAYSIA: Will send a team of more than 50 search and rescue personnel. The team includes five tracker dogs and will carry aid material and medicine.

MONGOLIA: Has donated $1 million and 2,500 woolen blankets, and offered to send up to 300 soldiers, the Montsame news agency said.

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand has sent a search and rescue help team consisting of 65 personnel.

PAKISTAN: The foreign ministry said Pakistan was awaiting Japan’s response to its offer of assistance. A government official said two planeloads of relief goods, including a field hospital, were ready to fly to Japan, along with a team of doctors.

* RUSSIA: Russia’s state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, said it had offered to help in responding to the problems at Japanese nuclear plants if necessary.

— 79 Russian rescuers have been in Sendai (Japan) since March 15. They have 3 vehicles, search and rescue equipment.

— Two more Agency for Support and Coordination of Russian Participation in International Humanitarian Operations (EMERCOM) airplanes with rescuers and an expert group of “Rosatom” on board left on March 16 for Japan. In total there are 82 people, 4 vehicles, search and rescue equipment. Both planes landed in the airport Narita. There are in total 161 Russian rescuers in Japan, the largest foreign group of rescuers, providing assistance to the country.

SLOVAKIA: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova told parliament that Slovakia had 250,000 euros ready for Japan, but will coordinate with other EU states. Radicova said Japan had asked not to send rescue workers until they have a general idea how to proceed. Slovaks have 25 rescue workers ready.

SOUTH KOREA: A 102-member South Korean rescue team left for Fukushima, site of the stricken nuclear plant, on Monday. A further 100 rescue workers are on standby.

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

TAIWAN: A 28-member team of rescue specialists left for Tokyo on Monday, including specialists who helped in rescue efforts after February’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. It has sent a first batch of supplies, including clothing, blankets and food, and will start shipping heaters.

THAILAND: The cabinet has allocated 200 million baht ($6.58 million) for clothes, gloves, rubber boots, instant food and other goods. It will also send 15,000 tonnes of rice.

— A first medical team was to look after the interests of up to 600 Thai nationals. A further team of 17 is ready to go.

* UNITED STATES: The U.S. Military is providing considerable support to Japan’s response operations with military assets that include air, sea and ground capability. Two Seahawk helicopters have already delivered food to Shiroishi, one of the worst affected areas. In total nine ships will make up the U.S. relief efforts. The U.S. Government has allocated $35 million to the operation “Tomodachi’ which translates as “friendship’ in Japanese.

— 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.

— Eight experts of The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are scheduled to arrive in Japan on Wednesday.

— The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that includes disaster response and nuclear experts, and urban search and rescue teams, comprising 144 people and 12 dogs.

— The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has arrived in Japan to assist relief efforts and other U.S. warships were also off the coast.

— 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.

VIETNAM: Will provide $200,000 in quake/tsunami aid. The Vietnamese Red Cross will give an initial $50,000, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

* OTHER INTERNATIONAL BODIES: — Technical assistance teams have been deployed from the Turkish Red Crescent, Switzerland Humanitarian Aid Response Team, Save the Children and Plan International. Initial observations from the MSF assessment teams that deployed to Miyagi prefecture indicate the need for food, blankets and water in Sendai City. Telecoms sans Frontiers (TSF) is providing emergency telecommunications assistance from Tokyo.

— Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has a team of 10 people divided into three groups conducting mobile clinics and assessments in Miyagi prefecture.

— The U.N. telecommunications agency ITU said on Wednesday it had dispatched emergency telephone equipment. The equipment included satellite phones with GPS devices to help teams involved in searching for the missing people and also in rescuing survivors. A total of 37 broadband global area network terminals had also been sent and more were on the way, ITU said.

Sources: Reuters/here

Reporting by Reuters bureau, compiled by World Desk Asia and David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit

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