Last week, the Pakistani government asked Japan to send helicopters to help deal with the humanitarian crisis sparked by the worst local flooding in 80 years. The mission has been approved and the helicopters will soon be on their way.

Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa ordered the defence forces Thursday to prepare for the dispatch in response to a request from the Pakistani government, his ministry said in a statement.

Japan is expected to send a unit of six transport helicopters and more than 300 troops on the relief mission, Kyodo news agency said. (Link)

Japan has already sent 14.4 million dollars USD in aid to Pakistan to help with the flooding.

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