Emergency Assistance to the Republic of the Fiji Islands in Response to a Cyclone Disaster

March 26, 2010

  1. On March 26 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency relief goods worth approximately 10 million JPY, comprising tents and blankets, to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, which has sustained damage from a cyclone disaster.

  2. From midnight of March 14 (Sun) (local time) until March 16 (Tue), a cyclone hit the northern and eastern part of the country with devastating winds and high waves. As a result, the cyclone caused damage to homes, schools, and medical facilities, and also forced people to evacuate. The Government of Fiji reported that, as of March 23, two people were confirmed dead and the total number of the people affected is approximately 30,000. It is likely the number of affected people will increase as the extent of damage to the country’s remote islands comes to light.

  3. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view for the victims and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Fiji.