Emergency Relief for Earthquake Damage in Republic of Turkey’s Eastern Region

November 2, 2011

  1. On Wednesday, November 2, the Government of Japan decided to provide US$10 million of emergency grant aid to the Government of the Republic of Turkey, to support temporary housing planned by that Government in connection with the earthquake damage in Turkey’s eastern region. The emergency grant aid follows the donation of emergency relief materials, which was decided upon by the Government of Japan on Tuesday, October 25. (On Saturday, October 29, a ceremony to hand over 500 tents took place).

  2. On Sunday, October 23, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Turkey. The seismic center was Tabanli in the Van province of Eastern Turkey, and damage occurred in Van City, neighboring villages, the Erciyes district and elsewhere. On Monday, October 31, the Government of Turkey announced that 601 people had died, some 4,150 had been injured, and 4,574 buildings had collapsed.

  3. Japan decided to provide emergency relief to Turkey in order to provide humanitarian assistance to the disaster victims, based on a request from Turkey and in light of the amicable relationship Japan enjoys with that country.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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