Emergency Aid to Guatemala for Hurricane Disaster Relief

November 6, 1998

  1. On November 6 (Fri.), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant assistance of 150,000 dollars to the Government of Guatemala, which has sustained great damage from a hurricane disaster.
    On November 5, Japan decided to extend to that government emergency materials worth about 12,280,000 yen.

  2. Hurricane Mitch swept along the Caribbean coast of Central America from October 30 to November 3, causing damage in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and other countries. The Government of Guatemala reported that the damage has created nationwide havoc, leaving 228 people dead, 63 missing and about 310,000 afflicted.
    The Government of Guatemala has therefore begun its own relief activities and has requested emergency aid from the international community including Japan.

  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend the emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view, taking account of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Guatemala.

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