Emergency Assistance for the Flood Disaster in Republic of Benin

October 29, 2010

  1. On October 29 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (tents, blankets, etc) worth 20 million yen to the Government of Benin for the flood disaster caused by torrential rain.

  2. Benin has been suffering the worst flood damage caused by nationwide torrential rains since mid-September. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this disaster has claimed so far 46 lives and injured about 1,000 people, with 680,000 victims and 55,000 houses destroyed.

    Under these circumstances, the Government of Benin has requested emergency assistance from international society including the Government of Japan.

  3. The Government of Japan, in response to the request from the Government of Benin, decided to extend this emergency assistance to the people suffering from the disaster from a humanitarian viewpoint and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Republic of Benin.