Emergency Aid for Flood Disaster in Senegal

January 25, 2002

  1. On January 24 (Thu), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency aid in kind, comprising tents, blankets and sleeping mats (worth approximately 15 million yen), to the Government of the Republic of Senegal, which has sustained great damage from flooding.

  2. Torrential rain hit Senegal in mid-January this year, causing floods in the northern region of the country, due to the abnormal rise of water level in rivers, including the Senegal River, and resulting in such damages as lost houses and agricultural lands submerged in water. At present, 100,000 people are reported displaced, and the degree of damage could expand further. The Government of Senegal has therefore requested emergency assistance from the international community, including Japan, while conducting relief operations by itself, including emergency spending to purchase emergency aid materials and distribution of food to the displaced persons.

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

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