- Title: HAITI: Japanese Special Defence Force members set out to help earthquake victims
- Date: 8th February 2010
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (FEBRUARY 7, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF JAPANESE SELF-DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL SETTING UP CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF JAPANESE SELF-DEFENCE FORCE, AOYAGI KICHIRO, SAYING: "Once again we will help rebuild. We will put in all our effort and we think we will be useful." VARIOUS OF SELF-DEFENCE FORCE SETTING UP CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF JAPANESE SELF-DEFENCE FORCE, AOYAGI KICHIRO, SAYING: "The doctors are ready to work." VARIOUS OF SELF-DEFENCE FORCE SETTING UP CAMP
- Embargoed: 23rd February 2010 12:00
- Location: Haiti
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Defence / Military
- Reuters ID: LVADJJJRDYZBJBMI63PE2ASQARMR
- Story Text: Japanese Self-Defence personnel set up camp after arriving in Port-au-Prince to help earthquake victims.
A group of Japanese Self-Defence Force (SDF) personnel arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sunday (February 07) to help in the clean-up effort after the devastating earthquake that crumbled buildings and killed more than 200,000 in Haiti.
The group of 34 was the first to arrive. Additional personnel are expected to arrive throughout the week for a total of at least 200.
After arriving, they set up camp near the U.S. embassy.
According to the SDF, the group will concentrate on repairing roads and clearing rubble, but have also brought in doctors and said they would help wherever needed.
"Once again we will help rebuild. We will put in all our effort and we think we will be useful," said Japanese Self-Defence Force Lieutenant Colonel Aoyagi Kichiro.
Later in the week, heavy equipment to help in the clean-up effort is expected to arrive from Japan.
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