humedica doctor team has already set out for Japan

by SRA/JPA,  2011/03/11

The pictures of the disaster that was caused in the coastal regions of the Indian Ocean by the devastating tsunami in 2004 are still on our minds. Since this morning (central European time), Japan has been facing a similar threat. One of the strongest earthquakes in the country's history has triggered several-metre high flood waves that hit the country's east coast.

This morning (2011/03/11) a tsunami raced towards the coast of Japan. Photo: AP

In the meantime, the Japanese government has asked the international community for help. The earthquake had a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter scale and probably is the worst disaster Japan has experienced in the last 140 years.

The tsunami has affected the entire coastal region in the east of the Japanese islands. The epicentre of the quake was located 400 kilometres north east of the Japanese capital Tokyo. Vast regions and numerous cities of the main island of Honshu are already flooded. Rivers are bursting their banks due to inflowing sea water, residential areas are flooded, cities have been destroyed.

Large parts of the telephone network have broken down, numerous people are without electricity, countless buildings are burning. Due to the chaotic situation, the number of victims and injured persons is still uncertain.

Dr Irmgard Harms (member of the humedica doctor team) on her way to Japan. Photo: humedica

In cooperation with the German Institute for Disaster Medicine (Tübingen), humedica sent a first mission and assessment team to Japan. Equipped with drugs and surgical equipment, the assistants departed from Munich and took a direct flight to Tokyo in order to support the local relief teams.

Members of the first mission team are Prof Dr Bernd Domres (Tübingen), Dr Rashid al-Badi (Tübingen), Dr Irmgard Harms (Hindelang), as well as the Japanese coordinator Satoshi Machii (Ulm) and media coordinator Ruth Bücker (Kaufbeuren).

humedica would like to ask the people in Germany for their targeted support for this essential mission in form of donations to the account below:

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference "Earthquake Tsunami Japan"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Or you can make a secure donation by clicking here: donation

You can also make a fast, secure and direct donation by means of sending a text message: send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 81190. You will donate 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica relief projects.

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