Emergency Assistance for Earthquake Disaster in the Kyrgyz Republic

October 7, 2008

  1. On October 7 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (electronic generators, etc.) equivalent to about 11 million yen to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, which sustained damage from the recent earthquake.
  2. At 21:53 (local time) on October 5 (Sun), an earthquake occurred in the southern part of the Kyrgyz Republic, centered on the area of Nura village, Arai district of Osh Province near the border with China.  About 1,000 people in the village were affected by the disaster, including 74 people killed and 142 injured (of whom about 50 are seriously injured).  As much as 70% of the infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, were wrecked and 128 houses were totally destroyed.  The damage is likely to further increase.
      Due to serious damage by the earthquake, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has requested emergency assistance from the Government of Japan while making utmost efforts of its own for the relief of the affected people.
  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and the Kyrgyz Republic.
  4. On October 7, H.E. Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, sent a message of sympathy to H.E. Mr. Karabaev, Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, on this earthquake disaster and informed this quick response by the Government of Japan.