Singapore offers support for Japan earthquake recovery operations

Singapore has offered to send a team to Japan to help coordinate recovery efforts after twin earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 and 16.
Singapore has offered to send a team to Japan to help coordinate recovery efforts after twin earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 and 16. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Singapore has offered to send a team to south-western Japan to help coordinate earthquake recovery efforts, the Ministy of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Monday (April 18).

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen conveyed Singapore's condolences and offered to deploy a needs assessment and survey team to the quake-hit Kumamoto prefecture.

Twin quakes struck Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu, last Thursday and Saturday.

The disasters killed more than 40 people and cut power and water supplies across the region.

The team from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre can support the Japan Self-Defence Forces in coordinating military assistance from foreign militaries in the event that it is required, Mindef said.

Dr Ng said the Centre is ready to deploy a team in a letter to the Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani on Monday morning.

Through a comprehensive assessment of the situation in the affected areas, the Centre can enhance information-sharing and operational coordination among the militaries.

Japan has deployed 25,000 self-defence forces to the rescue effort, CNN reported.