11 March 2011 ITU Secretary-General, Mr Hamadoun Touré expressed sorrow at the loss of life, injuries and human displacement as well as the extensive damage to property and infrastructure resulting from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan today. The earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami.
The Japanese Government has been informed of ITU's readiness to provide assistance with emergency telecommunications required in assisting victims of the disaster and in the delivery of logistics. ITU is also ready to provide support in terms of damage assessment and rehabilitation of telecommunication networks.
Re-establishing communications is a critical tool in disaster management to ensure timely intervention and support for the victims and to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011. Authorized by the www.itu.int