Emergency Assistance to Dire Dawa Region in eastern Ethiopia for Flood Disaster

August 15, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance in kind (tents, sleeping mats, portable water tanks, water purifiers and plastic canteens) worth about 11 million yen to the Government of Ethiopia, which has sustained a large-scale flood disaster in Dire Dawa Region in the eastern part of the country.
  2. Ethiopia has been suffering from flood disasters caused by heavy rain in the eastern region. According to a news report, as of August 14 (Mon), 256 people are dead and 250 missing. In addition, since houses have been destroyed, the number of victims in shelters has reached 15,000 to 20,000.

       At present, the victims are forced to live under harsh conditions in wide-spread areas, and the Government of Ethiopia is requesting emergency aid from the Government of Japan while making restoration efforts on its own.
  3. The Government of Japan has decided to provide this emergency aid for the victims of the disaster from a humanitarian point of view and taking account of the friendly relations between Japan and Ethiopia.
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