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01 Nov 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced that it will be sending emergency supplies to Benin to help victims of unusually heavy rains and floods in the West African state.

Blankets, tents, plastic sheeting and sleeping pads were being airlifted from Johannesburg to the Benin capital of Cotonou as soon as possible.

Benin is hit annually by heavy rains and floods, but this year the rainfall was 2 =BD times heavier than during the same period last year.

At least 46 persons were reported dead, 680,000 others were affected, 55,000 homes were damaged along with …

23 Jun 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has opened a field office in Haiti to help oversee a rehabilitation and reconstruction project following a January earthquake in which around 220,000 people were killed and areas of the Caribbean island destroyed.

JICA Vice-President Izumi Takashima met Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive this week to discuss the country's reconstruction needs and other agency projects in the fields of health care and agriculture which had been planned before the worst tremor in the country's history wreaked widespread havoc.

In addition to the …

27 Jan 2010 description

Japanese civilian and military medical personal are continuing to work around the clock at the epicenter of Haiti's earthquake to help survivors of the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean country in two centuries.

A 25-strong team from the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) system arrived shortly after the tremor struck earlier this month killing well over 100,000 people according to government figures and began work in the rubble of the town of Leogane, several miles from the capital of Port au Prince, and which was at the very heart of the tremor.

The United Nations said that …

20 Jan 2010 description

A Japanese emergency medical team is working around the clock at the very epicenter of the earthquake which rocked Haiti last week causing tens of thousands of deaths and leaving many more as hapless victims.

The 25-strong team from the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) system is working in the rubble of the town of Leogon, several miles from the capital of Port au Prince, and which was at the very heart of the tremor.

The United Nations said that between 80-90 % of the town, which had a population of 134,000 before the disaster, was in ruins.

Because of the very scale of the …