Israeli aid workers in Japan this said they were left “humbled” after meeting Prince William as he toured areas hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The Duke of Cambridge met relief staff from non-governmental agency IsraAID, who have been providing psychological support to children affected by the disaster.
“After working in the disaster area for the last four years, I felt privileged and humbled to meet with the Duke,” said Yotam Polizer, Asia Regional Director of IsraAID. “His visit gave us a new wave of hope for a quick recovery.”
“It was truly a great honor and we all were grateful that Prince William brought attention to the determination and continued recovery of those affected by this disaster, and the needs of the many for whom the scars are still fresh.”
During his visit to the Tohoku region, the Duke toured a small local community museum commemorating the victims and showcasing the stories of survivors.
Over 20,000 people died and quarter of a million were left homeless after the most powerful earthquake (9.0 on the Richter scale) to ever hit Japan.
Vast areas were engulfed by a large tsunami measuring over 40 metres high and there was serious damage to the nuclear plant in Fukushima, resulting in a dangerous nuclear radioactive leak.