Emergency Assistance for the Flood Disaster in Nigeria

September 21, 2001

  1. On September 21 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency aid materials of medicines (antibiotics, antidiarrhoics, antimalarials, etc., equivalent to approximately 15 million yen) to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which has sustained damage from floods.

  2. Heavy rains, which have been continuing in Nigeria since the end of August this year, have caused overflowing of rivers and flooding from dam failure in the regions around the states of Kano and Jigawa in the northern part of the country. According to the Nigerian Red Cross, approximately 200 are dead, and the total number of the afflicted is estimated to be around 82,000 persons. Extensive damage has also been reported on houses and agricultural produce. The Government of Nigeria has therefore requested emergency assistance from the international community including Japan, while conducting relief operations of its own.

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

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