Emergency Grant Aid for the Power Crisis in the Republic of Palau

February 24, 2012

  1. On Friday, February 24, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency grant aid of up to 300 million yen for the purpose of responding as an emergency measure to the power crisis in the Republic of Palau.

  2. In Palau, as a result of the fire that broke out at a power plant on November 5, 2011, the electricity supply decreased by half, which has caused serious damage to people's lives. Given this situation, Mr. Johnson Toribiong, President of the Republic of Palau, issued an emergency declaration on November 7, 2011. Although the country is no longer in a state of emergency, its electricity supply continues to be in an extremely unstable condition.

  3. Upon receiving requests for emergency aid from the Government of Palau, the Government of Japan held consultations with the Government of Palau as to the modality of aid, and decided to urgently provide support in the area of electricity supply including the provision of power generators.

*The Republic of Palau has a population of about 20,000 and a land area of 488 square kilometers.

    • (*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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