TOKYO, Aug 21: The first contingent of a 200-strong Japanese military helicopter unit left for Pakistan on Saturday to join international relief efforts.
Fifty ground troops left the Japanese city of Fukuoka for an army airfield in Multan, Japanese media reported.
They will prepare the ground for the rest of their unit and six helicopters which will transport people and goods in flood-hit areas.
A naval transport ship and six air force C-130 transport planes are set to carry the helicopters and the unit’s equipment to Pakistan, the ministry said. A total of 530 Japanese ground, air and naval troops will be mobilised for the relief mission.—AFP