Emergency Aid for the Relief of the Earthquake Disaster in the Western Part of the Republic of Turkey
(Dispatch of Officials of Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City)

August 20, 1999

  1. On August 20 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to dispatch, for about two weeks from August 25 or 26, a team of experts on lifeline rehabilitation to Turkey, which was struck by an unprecedented earthquake that left heavy casualties.

  2. The team comprises 11 officials of Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City who were engaged in the rehabilitation of the lifelines after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. They will make an on-the-spot investigation and give advice to the local authorities on lifeline rehabilitation, based on their experience at the time of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

  3. The present dispatch will be emergency assistance in addition to a 37-member rescue team and a 16-member medical team of the Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDRT), that have already begun their own activities.

  4. Around 3 am, August 17 (Tue)(local time), an earthquake registering about 7 on the Richter Scale hit the northwestern part of Turkey, with its seismic center located near the city of Izmit, 110km east of Istanbul. The earthquake caused a large number of casualties and material damages such as collapsed buildings in the wide area of the northwestern region. At the moment, local reports indicate that more than 6,300 people are dead and more than 30,000 injured, and rescue activities are being conducted.

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