Emergency Aid for Blizzard Disaster Relief in Mongolia

February 20, 2001

  1. On February 20 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid of about 300 million yen to Mongolia, which has sustained damage from severe snowstorms for two consecutive years.

  2. In Mongolia, blizzards killed about 2,250,000 livestock from the end of 1999 to early 2000. The country has suffered serious losses for two consecutive years: before it could recover from the earlier disaster, the drought last summer and cold waves and severe snowstorms since the end of last year caused the loss of about 600,000 livestock as of the end of January 2001.
       The Government of Mongolia, hence, while conducting relief operations of its own, issued an emergency appeal together with the United Nations for help with the blizzard disaster and requested assistance from the international community.

  3. Mr. Nambaryn Enkhbayar, Prime Minister of Mongolia, visited Japan on his first overseas visit as Prime Minister from February 13 (Tue) to 18 (Sun), emphasizing the policy of his new administration to place importance on bilateral relations with Japan. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance, following the emergency assistance of 1,043,200,000 yen extended to Mongolia in October 2000 for relief from the snow storm and drought disaster, from a humanitarian standpoint, in light of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Mongolia.
       Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori pledged to extend additional emergency assistance of about 300 million yen in his meeting with Prime Minister Enkhbayar during his visit to Japan, which has now been officially decided.

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