Emergency Grant Aid for Flood Disaster in the Solomon Islands

February 6, 2009

  1. The Government of Japan on February 6 (Fri) decided to extend emergency grant aid in kind equivalent to about 10 million yen (water purifiers, water tanks and plastic tanks) to the Government of the Solomon Islands, which sustained a disaster from flooding.
  2. In the Solomon Islands a tropical cyclone was generated on January 31 and the resultant heavy rain gave rise to flooding in the northwestern part of Guadalcanal Island, sweeping houses away and forcing many residents to evacuate.  The National Disaster Management Office on February 5 officially announced that there were nine people dead, 12 missing and more than 10,800 afflicted.  It is reported that bridges leading to the disaster area have collapsed and the number of those affected will go up as the details of the disaster become clear.
  3. The Government of Japan, in response to a request made by the Government of the Solomon Islands, has decided to extend this emergency assistance, from the humanitarian viewpoint of extending assistance to the afflicted, and taking account of the friendly relations between Japan and the Solomon Islands.
  4. After arriving in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Japan's relief goods will be transported to the disaster area with the help of the Government of the Solomon Islands and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) comprising people from Pacific island countries, Australia and New Zealand.