Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Haiti for Hurricane Gustav

September 2, 2008

  1. On September 2 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (plastic sheets, water purifiers, portable jerry cans, tents, blankets, electric generators, sleeping mats, water tanks) equivalent to about 17 million yen to the Republic of Haiti, which has been suffering from Hurricane Gustav.
  2. Hurricane Gustav passed the southern part of Haiti in the afternoon of August 26 local time (Japan time: morning of August 27).  According to an interim report dated August 30 by the Ministry of Interior of the Government of Haiti, the Hurricane left 76 persons dead, 9 missing, 35 injured, 7,232 persons in shelter and 10,276 households affected.
      At present, people in Haiti are forced to live under difficult conditions due to the collapse of houses, suspension of water and power failure and other problems.  The Government of Haiti, while making utmost efforts for early recovery in the affected areas, has requested emergency assistance to the international community including Japan.
  3. At the request of the Government of Haiti, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance to Haiti in light of offering humanitarian relief toward the hurricane victims, as well as based upon the friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of Haiti.