Int'l community sends disaster relief teams to Japan

By REUTERS
March 12, 2011 14:20

 
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The international community started to send disaster relief teams on Saturday to help Japan after it suffered a massive earthquake and tsunami, with the United Nations sending a group to help co-ordinate work.

"We are in the process of deploying 9 experts who are among the most experienced we have for dealing with catastrophes. They will help evaluate needs and coordinate assistance with Japanese authorities," Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told Reuters.

The team of UN disaster relief officials includes several Japanese speakers and an environmental expert, she said.

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