Dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Medical Team to the Republic of Turkey to Provide Earthquake Relief Assistance (report #1)

Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) performance

  • Secretariat of the Japan Disaster Relief Team

The following is a report on the dispatch of a JDR Medical Team to the Republic of Turkey as authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 5:40 pm, November 15 (Mon), after consultations with the Ministry of Finance.

1. Emergency Situation

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake centered in the city of Duzce in the western Turkish province of Bolu struck at 6:57 pm on November 12 (1:57 am on Nov. 13 Japan time). The earthquake killed or injured a large number of people and caused extensive damage to property. Damage reported as of 11:30 am on Nov. 14 is as follows:

dead: 311
injured: 2,169

2. Response of the Turkish Government

Public Works Minister went to the affected region immediately after the earthquake and is currently directing relief operations there. Shortly after the quake heavy equipment was moved to the site, and military and civil defense forces began relief activities.

3. Response of the International Community

Relief teams from Switzerland and Hungary have already arrived in the affected area and are performing relief operations.

4. Response of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA

Upon receiving a request for assistance from the Turkish government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the dispatch of a JDR Medical Team to Turkey, to be organized through JICA.


to cooperate with Turkish agencies in providing medical examinations and treatment for earthquake victims.

Period of Dispatch:

November 15 (Mon) to 28 (Sun), 1999 The team leader and one other team member will depart from Narita Intl. Airport for Turkey at 9:55 pm on Nov. 15 aboard flight AF 273. The remaining team members are scheduled to leave Japan at 11:55 am on Nov. 16 aboard flight TK 1023, also from Narita.

Team Composition: 19 members

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 1; doctors: 4; nurses: 7; medical coordinators: 3; JICA staff members: 4 (including two staff members who will join the team from the already dispatched JDR Advance Team)

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