Emergency Assistance to the Republic of El Salvador for Torrential Rain Disaster

November 10, 2009

  1. On November 10 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (water tanks, water purifiers, portable jerry cans, tents, plastic sheets, sleeping pads, blankets), equivalent to approximately 20 million JPY, to the Republic of El Salvador, which has suffered from the damages caused by the recent torrential rains.
  2. In El Salvador, the torrential rains from November 6 caused landslides and avalanches of earth and rocks centered in the Departments of San Salvador and San Vicente. According to the report of the Government of El Salvador as of November 9 (local time), the disaster has left 140 dead, 13,773 evacuated, and 209 houses damaged or destroyed. The situation in the affected areas is serious at present. The transportation systems are cut off at various places by such conditions as floods and landslides, and a large number of citizens have been forced to live in shelters. While making utmost efforts to assist the affected people, the Government of El Salvador has requested emergency assistance to the Government of Japan.
  3. The Government of Japan from a humanitarian viewpoint, has decided to extend this emergency assistance, as well as in light of the friendly relationship between Japan and El Salvador.