UK-based pharmaceutical major GlaxoSmithKline has joined relief efforts to help those affected by the Tohoku Kanto earthquake and tsunami with various aid donations.

GlaxoSmithKline will donate 200m yen (£1.5m) to the Japanese Red Cross to support immediate relief efforts, whilst also supplying cold medicines and oral products worth approximately 80m yen (£600,000) following requests from authorities.

It is the latest in a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis, Amgen, Takeda and Abbott Laboratories, to pledge aid and support to victims of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck on 11 March 2011.

The official death toll has now exceeded 9,000, although domestic media has reported that over 20,000 have died or remain unaccounted for.