Emergency Assistance for Flood Disaster in Morocco

December 11, 2002

  1. On December 11 (Wed), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to about 11 million yen (720 plastic canteens, 7 portable water tanks, 12 water purifiers, 16 electric power generators and 16 reels of electric cord) to the Kingdom of Morocco, which has sustained damage from flood.

  2. In Morocco, torrential rain that fell from November 14 to 28 caused damage in various regions. The disaster caused serious human and material losses: 63 deaths, 17 injured and 26 missing; the total number of afflicted persons has reached about 15,000; 24 houses completely destroyed, 1,707 partially destroyed, and damage to cropland, livestock, roads and bridges.

  3. At present in Morocco, people who have suffered from houses destroyed by floods and other damage are forced to lead difficult lives, and the Government of Morocco is conducting relief operations of its own.

  4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view, taking into account the friendly relations between Japan and Morocco.

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