WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and has mobilized its partners, the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team and the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team. Each USAR team will be composed of approximately 72 personnel, search and rescue canines and approximately 75 tons of rescue equipment.
The USAR teams will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts who will assist with assessments of the situation.
"On behalf of the American people, I wish to convey our sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan who have been affected by this devastating earthquake and tsunami," said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. "We are working with the government of Japan to provide any assistance needed in the rescue effort as quickly as possible."
USAID will continue to provide additional support as needed.