Emergency Assistance to Argentina for Flood Disaster

May 1, 2003

  1. On May 1 (Thu), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to about 16 million yen comprising tents, blankets and sleeping mats, to the Argentine Republic, which has sustained damage from flooding.

  2. A continuous downpour hit the central and north-central parts of Argentina, centering on Santa Fe Province, till the end of April, and the ensuing overflowing of rivers in that province caused great damage to houses, farmland, roads, etc. As of April 30, there were five people dead, another five missing, and more than 100,000 afflicted. As these areas are Argentina's leading agricultural region, about 36 million hectares of farmland is also affected.

  3. In such a situation, on April 30 the Government of Argentina requested emergency assistance from the Government of Japan.

  4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance in light of the seriousness of the disaster, the humanitarian point of view, and the friendly relations between Japan and Argentina.

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