MSF teams try to reach Japanese area devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis

March 12, 2011

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MSF teams try to reach Japanese area devastated by earthquakes and tsunamis © MSF

Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunamis that hit northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, two MSF teams of three-people are attempting to get to the worst-hit areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

Access to the area by land is currently blocked by the flooding resulting from the tsunamis. The MSF teams, composed medical and logistics personnel will try to reach the area by helicopter. Once there, the two teams will liaise with local emergency response authorities to assess medical needs. Another 25 MSF medical and logistical staff in Japan are on standby to respond once the situation has been assessed.

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