Emergency Grant Aid for the Earthquake off the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra Province and the Eruptions of Mt. Merapi on Central Java Island in Indonesia

November 4, 2010

  1. On November 4 (Thu), the Government of Japan decided to contribute up to 500,000 USD in emergency disaster relief in cooperation with the Indonesian Red Cross and other partners engaged in relief activities in areas affected by the earthquake off the Mentawai Island Group, West Sumatra Province, and the eruptions of Mt. Merapi on the central part of Java Island, which have caused extensive damage.

  2. The earthquake has left more than 400 people dead and over 70 people missing, displaced more than 15,000 residents and destroyed or damaged more than 700 houses as well as mosques, schools, bridges and other structures. The Mt. Merapi eruptions have left more than 80 people dead and displaced more than 80,000 residents.

  3. In response to the preliminary Emergency Appeal seeking about 2,860,000 USD issued on November 3 (Wed) by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Indonesian Red Cross, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid because of the large number of casualties and in view of humanitarian aspects as well as the friendly relationship between Japan and Indonesia.