Emergency Aid for the Flood Disaster in Burkina Faso

September 9, 2009

  1. On September 9 (Wed), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance (Tents, Plastic Sheets, Blankets, Water Purifiers, Portable Jerry Cans) worth approximately 14 million yen to the Government of Burkina Faso for the flood disaster caused by torrential rain.
  2. According to an announcement by the Government of Burkina Faso, unprecedented torrential rain flooded the capital city of Ouagadougou and its surrounding areas, damaging approximately 20,000 houses as well as a number of dams and bridges. Public institutions including hospitals and power plants also suffered from damage due to overflowing water. The number of victims of the flood is expected to reach approximately 150 thousand people.
    Under these circumstances, resources including food and medical supplies have become scarce and a large number of evacuees have been forced to live in uncomfortable surroundings. The Government of Burkina Faso has been exerting any and all possible efforts to support these disaster victims, and has also requested emergency aid from the Government of Japan.
  3. The Government of Japan, in response to the request from the Government of Burkina Faso, decided to extend this emergency aid to the people suffering from the disaster from a humanitarian viewpoint as well as taking into account the friendly relations between Japan and Burkina Faso.