Emergency Assistance for Flood Disaster in Western Ukraine

August 1, 2008

  1. On August 1 (Friday), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (generators, tents, blankets and water purifiers etc.), equivalent to about 12 million yen, to the Government of Ukraine, which has sustained disaster from flooding.
  2. In Ukraine, torrential rains that continued from July 23 to 27 made the Dniestr and Prut Rivers overflow, flooding vast areas of the country’s western part centering on the Carpathia region.  The flooding caused a great disaster: 30 are reported dead, 29,462 people have been evacuated, around 38,000 houses as well as 55,000 hectares of agricultural land were flooded, while about 1,660 km of roads and 550 road bridges were damaged.  At present, most of the affected areas are still without electricity or water supply.  Given the serious shortage of shelter, potable water and other necessities, the Government of Ukraine has requested emergency assistance from Japan, while making its own efforts to assist the affected and for the country’s rehabilitation.
  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance from a humanitarian viewpoint and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Ukraine.