Emergency Grant Aid for Flood Disaster in North India and Northeast Pakistan
1. In light of the flood damage caused in North India and Northeast Pakistan, the Government of Japan decided on November 7th to extend emergency grant aid of 100 thousand dollars to India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan respectively (total of 200 thousand dollars) (approx. 23 million yen)) through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in order to assist those affected by the disaster in areas such as water, sanitation, shelters and food distribution.
2. Heavy rainfall due to intermittent monsoon caused large-scale flood damage in North India and Northeast Pakistan in early September. In total, 682 people have died and approximately 3.73 million people have been affected by the disaster in both regions. As many of those affected are still been forced to take shelter in refugee camps in a poor environment with midwinter approaching and there is an increasing risk of the spread of epidemic due to the deterioration of hygienic environment, immediate provision of assistance is necessary.
3. The Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid to India and Pakistan as humanitarian assistance to those affected by the disaster, based on “the Special Strategic Global Partnership” with India and the traditionally friendly relationship with Pakistan, and in view of the fact that India and Pakistan extended generous assistance to Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In addition to the emergency grand aid this time, Japan also intends to provide Pakistan with mid and long term assistance in the field of disaster reduction, which is highly needed.