to identify the disaster victims in the affected areas
in cooperation with local organizations concerned.
In addition, another unit comprising 4 persons
from the Police Agency and JICA experts for disaster
victim identification (DVI) started operation in
Krabi and Phuket.
A Japan Disaster Relief Search and Rescue team
comprising officials of the Fire and Disaster Manage
ment Agency, National Police Agency, and the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, and staff members of the Japan
Coast Guard and JICA started activities in Takuapa
District and Phi Phi Island. A second team (a heli
copter unit of the Fire and Disaster Management
Agency) started transportation assistance activities
by helicopter with another Japan Disaster Relief
The decision to extend emergency assistance in
kind, including tents, blankets, water purifiers, electric
generators and medicines, was taken on 31
December 2004. The medicine arrived in Phuket
on 1 January 2005 and the other goods arrived
on 4 January 2005.