Plan sends top disaster response expert to Japan
On March 11, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history. The 9.0-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami left thousands of people dead and 500,000 more displaced - figures that are rising all the time.
As part of our mission to improve the lives of children in developing countries, Plan has developed expertise in helping children and youth in disasters. In the last year alone, we responded to 17 major disasters in 14 countries. Plan is ready to contribute this expertise to Japan’s relief efforts in any way we can.
Unlike many of the countries where we work, however, Japan is better able to respond to a major disaster. We have sent our top disaster response expert, Dr. Unni Krishnan, to join our staff in Japan where he will assess how our experience working with children can best help the relief efforts already underway.
"Children are really going through trying times," explains Dr. Krishnan. "Japan is struggling to cope with multiple disasters: an earthquake, a tsunami and nuclear accidents. This multiplies the anxieties of children who are already emotionally devastated."
Dr. Krishnan will assess what's most urgently needed to help assist and protect children affected - including medicines, food, water and other life saving aid.
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