Dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team in Response to the Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka

December 26, 2004

  1. On Sunday, December 26, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team from Monday, December 27 to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, which was struck by a devastating tsunami caused by the large-scale earthquake that occurred off the coast of Sumatra, the Republic of Indonesia. The medical team will be composed of 20 members, including officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.
  2. The entire coast of Sri Lanka was struck by a large tsunami around 10:00 on Sunday, December 26 (Japan time) due to the large-scale earthquake that occurred near the coast of Aceh Special Province in Sumatra, Indonesia. As of 19:00 on Sunday, December 26 (Japan time), it was reported that over 1,500 people had died and the number of victims and evacuees was between 700,000 to 1 million.
  3. In the afternoon of Sunday, December 26, the Government of Sri Lanka declared a State of National Disaster and established an emergency relief headquarters in the Prime Minister's Office. A donor meeting concerning emergency disaster relief was then held at the Prime Minister's Office and after considering the devastation caused by the tsunami, a request was issued for assistance for emergency relief (dispatch of medical teams, provision of emergency relief supplies).
  4. Japan decided to dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team to Sri Lanka from the standpoint of providing humanitarian assistance to the victims afflicted by the tsunami and in view of the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
  5. Possibilities for other emergency relief efforts are currently under consideration.

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