Emergency Assistance to Viet Nam for Flood Disaster

November 17, 1999

  1. On November 17 (Wed), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind (equivalent to about 24,910,000 yen) comprising blankets and plastic sheets as emergency aid to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, which has sustained a large-scale flood disaster.

  2. Flooding triggered by torrential rain hit six provinces and one city in central Viet Nam, causing great human and material damage; as of November 8 there were 532 people dead, about 1,060,000 people afflicted, about 9,800 houses damaged, and about 470,000 houses flooded. The Government of Viet Nam, while conducting relief operations of its own, such as dispatching naval and air forces to the disaster-stricken areas, has requested emergency aid 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 Viet Nam.

  4. The Government of Japan on November 8 had already extended grass-roots grant assistance up to 9.6 million yen to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Delegation of Viet Nam to assist the people afflicted with flood in the country.

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