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Report on the Pakistan International Emergency Relief Unit

Meeting with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan
Meeting with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan

SDF personnel helping victims
SDF personnel helping victims
The devastating earthquake that shook Pakistan on October 8,2005, left more than 70,000 people dead and more than 80,000 injured, according to Pakistan government figures. Immediately after the disaster, countries around the world rushed to provide assistance. The government of Japan, too, initiated aid activities, mobilizing supplies, personnel, and funds. The SDF put together the International Relief Airborne Unit for Pakistan. Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport planes carrying Ground Self-Defense Force UH-1 multiuse helicopters flew to Pakistan and transported emergency relief supplies and relief-activity personnel to the disaster area.
    A high-level mission, involving as it did the use of helicopters in rugged mountains 3,000 meters or so above sea level, was required. Thanks to the advanced skills of the unit members and their collaboration with international organizations and the Pakistan military, the unit accomplished its duties safely. In the course of the mission six UH-1 multiuse helicopters transported about 40 tons of tents, blankets, and other relief supplies as well as some 720 relief-activity personnel without mishap.

SDF personnel unloading relief supplies SDF personnel unloading relief supplies
SDF personnel unloading relief supplies