Emergency Grant Aid for Earthquake Disaster in the Northwestern Part of Iran

August 24, 2012

  1. On Friday, August 24, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant assistance up to 90 million yen necessary to purchase prefabricated houses as part of support for the victims of the earthquake in the northwestern part of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  2. On Saturday, August 11, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit East Azerbaijan Province in the northwestern part of Iran. Many buildings collapsed in many villages in the vicinity of the earthquake center, and it is reported that at least 308 people have been killed, 4,500 people have been injured by the disaster at this time, and approximately 150,000 are affected by the disaster, with more than 70,000 people of those affected living as evacuees.

  3. The Government of Japan deeply appreciates the support from Iran in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and decided to provide the emergency grant aid to Iran as part of humanitarian support for the victims of the disaster in light of the request from the Government of Iran, as well as traditionally friendly relations between Japan and Iran. Thus, the Government of Japan will have provided support up to a total of 108 million yen, including the emergency grant aid in kind equivalent to 18 million yen that has been already provided to Iran.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)