Dispatch of a Survey Team regarding the Flood Damage in the Kingdom of Thailand

October 28, 2011

  1. Today, 28th (Friday), Japan decided to dispatch a survey team through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a period of approximately two weeks from October 29 (Saturday), to examine effective drainage support measures for floodwaters in Thailand.
    (1) Tatsuo Kunieda, Japan Water Agency, Water Resources Engineering Department, International Affairs Division Chief
    (2)  Yasushi Nitta, Advanced Construction Technology Center, Research Division I, Senior Researcher
    (3) Kazuya Suzuki, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Global Environment Department, Planning and Coordination Section Chief
    (Scheduled to board Thai Airways Flight 677 departing at 16:55pm on 29th)

  2. Japan will continue to consider providing further support to Thailand in accordance with the needs of the country.

Japan has already implemented the following support for Thailand (from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and JICA)
(1) On October 10, the decision was made to provide emergency supplies (tents, water purifiers, etc.) worth 30 million yen through JICA. Delivery was completed on 14.

(2) On October 14, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Koichiro Gemba received a request from Secretary-General of the ASEAN H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, and decided to dispatch one JICA specialist from Japan to join the assessment team dispatched by the ASEAN, in response to the flood in Thailand and Cambodia (specialist dispatched on 19).

(3) On October 18, the decision was made to dispatch a survey team from JICA to investigate the situation with regard to damage from the flooding in Thailand (team dispatched on 19).

(4) On October 18, the decision was made to additionally provide emergency relief supplies (outboard motors for rescue boats, life jackets, temporary toilets) worth 25 million yen through JICA. On 21, Japan’s Ambassador to Thailand Mr. Seiji Kojima held a ceremony to hand over these supplies to Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra.

(5) Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Teams (two experts for subway facilities and two experts for water supply facilities) arrived in Bangkok on 26, while another JDR expert team for airport facilities (two experts) arrived in Bangkok on 27.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)