WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011—World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick today released the following statement on the tragic events unfolding in Japan and the region:
“On behalf of the World Bank Group I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the people of Japan, especially to those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. This is a heartbreaking situation and the World Bank Group stands ready to help the government and the people of Japan in the recovery efforts. As the extent of the tragic loss of life and damage is still unfolding in Japan we are also monitoring potential impacts in countries across the region and are ready to offer our support.
The World Bank has extensive experience in disaster risk management and we are quickly able to mobilize and deploy specialists to support recovery and reconstruction efforts in Japan and the region.”