The Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team (Drain Pump Vehicle Team) Returns from Thailand

December 20, 2011
Japanese

(Photo)Drain pump vehicles in action
Drain pump vehicles in action
(Photo)Before draining
Before draining
(Photo)After draining
After draining
Bangkadi Industrial Park and neighboring residential areas

The Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team (drain pump vehicle team) which has been engaged in water draining activities in Thailand since November 19, 2011, will return to Japan according to the schedule below as a result of consultation between Japan and Thailand, in which the two sides agreed that the team had achieved the expected goals.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 End of draining activities
Friday, December 23, 2011 Activity report and ending ceremony in Bangkok attended by the Minister of Industry of Thailand (tentative)

[Note 1]
Activities of the Japan Disaster Relief Expert Team (drain pump vehicle team)

(1) Schedule
 November 2, 2011 Dispatch of the Team was decided
 November 5, 2011 Departure of the drain pump vehicles from Yokohama Port
 November 18, 2011 Arrival ceremony in Thailand attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior of Thailand
 November 19 - December 20, 2011 Water draining activities

(2) Details of water draining activities
 -- Rojana Industrial Park (Approx. 70km north of central Bangkok)
   November 19 - November 27, 2011
 -- Bangkadi Industrial Park and neighboring residential areas (Approx. 25km north of central Bangkok)
   November 26 - December 8, 2011
 -- Asian Institute of Technology (Approx. 45km north of central Bangkok)
   November 29 - December 8, 2011
 -- Navanakorn Industrial Estate (Approx. 45km north of central Bangkok)
   November 30 - December 8, 2011
 -- Plaibang residential area (Approx. 10km northwest of central Bangkok)
   December 8 - 14, 2011
 -- Lakhok area (Rangsit University and neighboring residential areas) (Approx. 25km north of central Bangkok)
   December 9 - 17, 2011
 -- Sainoi residential area (Approx. 30km northwest of central Bangkok)
   December 14 - 20, 2011

[Note 2]
Apart from the drain pump vehicle team, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided the following emergency relief to Thailand:

(1) Relief goods worth 55 million yen (decided on October 10 and 18, 2011)

(2) Emergency grant aid up to 1 billion yen (decided on November 1, 2011)

(3) Dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Expert Teams
   Duration of activities in Thailand:
   -- Subway facilities expert team (October 26 - November 2, 2011)
   -- Water supply facilities expert team (October 26 - November 19, 2011)
   -- Airport facilities expert team (October 27 - November 2, 2011)

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