Emergency Grant Aid for Flood Disaster in Solomon Islands

April 8, 2014

    1. On April 8, (Tue.), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid in kind equivalent to about 13 million yen (blankets, water purifiers, portable jerry can) to Solomon Islands through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Solomon Islands, which sustained a disaster from flooding.
    2. In Solomon Islands, a tropical cyclone was generated on April 1 and the resultant heavy rain gave rise to flooding in Honiara City, Guadalcanal and other provinces, damaging houses and forcing many residents to evacuate. The National Disaster Management Office on April 7 officially announced that there were 23 people dead, 30 people missing, about 10,000 people evacuating and about 52,000 people afflicted. It is reported that bridges in Honiara City have been damaged and the number of those affected will go up as the details of the disaster become clear.
    3. The Government of Japan, in response to a request made by the Government of Solomon Islands, has decided to extend this emergency assistance, from the humanitarian viewpoint and taking into account of the friendly relations between Japan and Solomon Islands.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)