Emergency Aid to Ecuador for Torrential Rain Disaster
February 22, 2008
- On February 22 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency
relief goods (tents, blankets and water tanks) worth approximately 13 million
yen to Ecuador, which sustained a torrential rain disaster.
- Ecuador has been going through continual torrential rains since the
middle of January, and President Rafael Correa Delgado declared a state
of emergency for the entire country on February 20. According to the announcement
by the Government of Ecuador on the 21st, four persons were dead and 216,000
persons evacuated. The scale of the damage is expected to increase as the
situation becomes clearer.
The evacuees are forced to live under difficult conditions in shelters, and the Government of Ecuador, while striving to recover from the damage by using their own resources, has requested emergency aid from the international community,
- In response to the request of the Government of Ecuador, the Government of Japan decided to provide this emergency aid from the humanitarian standpoint and in view of the friendly relations between Japan and Ecuador.