Emergency Assistance to Tajikistan for Drought Disaster Relief

January 25, 2002

  1. On January 25 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance (grant aid) equivalent to 50 million yen to the Republic of Tajikistan to support its measures to cope with the drought it has been suffering.

  2. In Tajikistan, a drought, which has lasted for two years, has left about one million people in difficulties. In Khatlon region in the south and in Sughd region in the north, in particular, approximately 580,000 people are seriously afflicted. In these circumstances, Mr. Oqil Oqilov, Prime Minister of Tajikistan, requested Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, last October to extend emergency assistance. The emergency grant aid is extended in response to this request.

  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend the assistance as part of its humanitarian, economic and other necessary assistance to neighboring and affected countries, which is one of Japan's measures announced on September 19, 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks in the United States. This assistance was announced on the occasion of the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan.

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