Emergency Assistance to Mauritania for the Flood Disaster

November 11, 1999

  1. On November 10 (Wed), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind (equivalent to 10,950,000 yen) including tents and blankets as emergency aid to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, which has sustained a large-scale flood disaster.

  2. In Mauritania, heavy rain in September raised the level of the Senegal River into the middle of October, which then caused flooding in the lower reaches of the river in the southwestern part of the country, inundating houses and farmland. At this moment, some 112,000 people are afflicted and the disaster seems to be expanding.
    Taking the disaster very seriously, the Government of Mauritania requested on October 14 assistance from the international community including Japan.

  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian standpoint, in view of the seriousness of this disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Mauritania.

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