Emergency Aid to Haiti for Hurricane Disaster

October 8, 2004

  1. On October 8 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend additional emergency assistance in kind, equivalent to about 9,120,000 yen (81,000 dollars), comprising electric generators, plastic jerry cans, water tanks and plastic sheets, to the interim government of Haiti, which has sustained a large-scale disaster from Hurricane Jeanne.

  2. The flood disaster caused by Hurricane Jeanne, which hit Haiti from September 17 to 19, brought great damage: more than 2,000 people dead, about 300,000 afflicted, a large number of houses destroyed and infrastructure including the electricity and water supply greatly damaged. Since there has been little rehabilitation, most of the Haitians are still forced to shelter in uncomfortable surroundings.

    The Government of Haiti, while conducting relief operations of its own, has continued to request emergency aid from the international community. On October 1, the United Nations has issued an urgent appeal for emergency assistance for Haiti.

  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid, in addition to that of 12.6 million yen already extended on September 22, as humanitarian assistance for those afflicted by the disaster and in view of the friendly relations between Japan and Haiti.

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