Emergency Assistance to the Republic of the Philippines for Typhoon Disaster
December 19, 2011
- On Monday December 19, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency relief goods worth 25 million yen (water tanks, generators, etc.) to the Republic of the Philippines, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request following serious damage from the typhoons.
- Tropical Storm Washi (Philippine name: Sendong) cut across Mindanao in southern Philippines on December 16 to 17, triggering a series of flash floods, landslides, and flooding and resulting in massive damage, including many casualties, and displaced people. The statement of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on December 19 reported that 632 people were dead, 82 people were missing and the total number of those affected could be approximately 140,000 (including 47,000 evacuees).
- In response to such serious damage happened in the Republic of the Philippines, the Government of Japan has made the decision to extend emergency assistance for humanitarian aid for those affected.
In response to this situation, on Sunday December 18, Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba sent a message to Mr. Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, expressing his condolences and sympathy for the loss of many lives and for the many people affected as a result of this disaster and stating that Japan will extend any necessary assistance.
- (*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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