Japan deploys 100000 troops for quake and tsunami helpMarch 13th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI
Tokyo, Mar.13 (ANI): Japan has doubled its troop to 100000 on rescue and relief missions after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the country on Friday.
The deployment ordered by Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered the deployment of the additional troops after the massive scale of the damage became clearer.
Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the 100,000 troops - about 40 per cent of the armed forces, would be fully deployed in a day or two, News.com.au reports.
He said: ” There are so many people who are still isolated and waiting for assistance. This reality is very stark.”
In the small port town of Minamisanriku alone more than 10000 people, more than half the population has been reported missing.
The Police and military have reported finding hundreds of bodies along the shattered coastline.
Aid and help in rescue operations has been offered to Japan from all over the world, including China and New Zealand, which suffered its own earthquake tragedy last month in Christchurch. (ANI)
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