Emergency Earthquake Relief (Provision of Supplies) to the Republic of Turkey (report #1)

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Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) performance - Secretariat of the Japan Disaster Relief Team

The following is a report on emergency relief (provision of supplies) 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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a request for assistance from the Turkish government, and after consultations with the Ministry of Finance, authorized provision of the following items through JICA:

Breakdown of supplies (from the JICA warehouse in the Singapore)

blankets : 4,000
sleeping mats : 1,000

Estimated cost of relief supplies: approximately \24 million

Transport schedule: arrangements are being made for transport to Istanbul on the earliest possible flight.

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