Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Palau for Typhoon Disaster

December 13, 2012

  1.  On Thursday, December 13, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency relief goods worth five million yen (portable jerry cans, blankets, water purifiers, etc.) to the Republic of Palau, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Palau following serious damage from the typhoon.
  2.  In Palau, extensive damages were caused by Typhoon Bopha which cut across in early morning on December 3, and on December 4, President Toribiong declared the state of emergency. The Government of Palau reported, as of December 11, one hundred and forty nine houses were completely destroyed or seriously damaged and electric power interruptions and water failures still continue. Eight hundred forty one people of one hundred eighty nine family units (4.2% of a total twenty thousand people of Palau) became victims in the most damaged five states (Angaur, Peleliu, Melekeok, Ngiwal, Ngaraard).
  3.  In response to the request from the Government of Palau, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view for the victims as well as in light of friendly relations between Japan and Palau.
    • (* 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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