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KOBE, June 2 Kyodo

A civic group member engaged in assisting victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake will head for Turkey on Monday to help people hit by the powerful quakes that rocked the country last year, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said Friday.

The JICA said it will dispatch Ryuta Suzuki, 24, a member of the NGO Corroboration Center for Hanshin Quake Rehabilitation in Kobe, to Turkey for about three months to assist people living in temporary housing units.

Major quakes hit northwestern Turkey in August and November last year.

Suzuki, who took part in relief activities for victims of an earthquake in Taiwan last year and one in China's Yunnan Province this January, aims to help Turkish victims form a community and cooperate with each other.

"I know Turkey has a different culture from Kobe, but I hope to help quake victims there support each other," Suzuki said.

The Turkish quakes have killed about 17,000 people. The quake that hit Kobe and its vicinity claimed more than 6,000 lives.
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Date:Jun 5, 2000
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