The Flood Disaster in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Dispatch of a Japan Disaster Relief Team [SDF Unit])

August 19, 2010

  1. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, following the flood disaster caused by unprecedented heavy rain, has requested the Government of Japan to dispatch helicopters for humanitarian operations.

  2. In response, on August 13 the Government of Japan dispatched officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Ministry of Defense to the country to study specific local needs as well as security situations and other matters. As the need is judged to be high for Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) activities with helicopters of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), on August 19 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs consulted the Ministry of Defense on dispatching an SDF unit as a JDR team. The Ministry of Defense will proceed with the necessary preparations for a swift dispatch of the SDF unit as a JDR team.

  3. Japan has so far approved and extended emergency humanitarian assistance worth approximately 14.4 million USD (approx. 1.22 billion JPY) in total, in the form of the provision of emergency relief goods, as well as food, water, sanitation, and others.