Emergency Assistance for the Train Explosion Disaster in North Korea

April 25, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan is now liaising with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to 100,000 dollars through U.N. organizations in response to a request from that organization to assist the people hurt in a train explosion accident that occurred on April 22 in Ryongchon, North Korea.

  2. An Inter-Agency assessment mission conducted by the UN Country team with other organizations which has been conducting an on-the-spot investigation reported that due to the overall lack of resources in the health sector, there are concerns about their treatment. On the basis of the report, the Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance from a humanitarian viewpoint, taking account of the seriousness and the urgent nature of the disaster.

  3. Japan is ready to study additional assistance if necessary after obtaining a more detailed report from the Inter-Agency assessment mission.

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