Iran to send more aid to Japan
Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says Tehran's second shipment of humanitarian aid for the people of quake-hit Japan will be dispatched on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
"Iran's Red Crescent Society's second aid shipment including 8 tons of canned food will be sent to Japan by plane tonight," Deputy Head of IRCS Heydar Heydari said on Wednesday.
Iran's first shipment of humanitarian aid for Japan, including 50,000 canned fish and beans, arrived at Narita international airport in Tokyo on March 24.
Iran is the first country in the Middle East to dispatch relief aid to Japan.
On March 11, an 9.0-magnitude earthquake, off the northeast coast of Japan's main island, unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours.
The quake is now considered to be Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people.
Japan's National Police Agency announced on Wednesday that the catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami has left 11,232 people dead and 16,361 others unaccounted for.