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Japanese medics arrive in Myanmar for cyclone victims
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20:44, May 29, 2008

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A Japanese disaster relief medical team, carrying relief aid equipment and medicines, arrived at the Yangon International Airport Thursday evening to render direct medical aid to the country's cyclone victims.

The 25-member Japanese medical team, including four doctors, will stay up to June 10 in Laputta in Ayeyawaddy delta, a Japanese embassy official told the press at the airport.

According to Thursday's press release of the Japanese Embassy here, the country has also decided to contribute emergency assistance for the cyclone disaster totaling 6.989 million U.S. dollars through UN agencies in Myanmar.

The present Japanese medical team was the ninth such group to have been allowed in Myanmar cyclone-devastated areas after Thailand, India, Laos, China, Bangladesh, Singapore, the Philippines and France since mid-May.

The prior groups have been respectively serving in such disaster-hit townships as Laputta, Myaungmya, Bogalay, Phyapon, Kyauktan, Kungyangon and Maubin.

Meanwhile, the ASEAN has established a task force, led by Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, to coordinate and channel international aid to Myanmar and is planning to send hundreds more of relief personnel to this cyclone-ravaged country.

Each member country would contribute some dozens of medical and relief personnel to the task force to help cyclone victims in need of food, shelter and medicines, according to the decision.

The task force members will also make assessment and determine the degree of destruction before rendering necessary relief aid.

Deadly tropical cyclone Nargis, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states -- Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago,Mon and Kayin on May 2 and 3, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon inflicted the heaviest casualties and massive infrastructural damage. The storm has killed 77,738 people and left 55,917 missing and 19,359 injured, according to official figures.

Source: Xinhua

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