Pakistan Observer

$ 4.7m Japan aid to support flood victims

$ 4.7m Japan aid to support flood victims

Staff Reporter

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Islamabad—The Government of Japan decided on November 22 to provide emergency grant aid worth 4.7 million US Dollars in view of supporting those who are affected by the devastating floods in 2012 in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This new support comes in addition to the provision of emergency relief goods decided on November 9.

This emergency grant aid consists of three components and will be implemented through three international organizations as follows: Food security (US$ 2.9Ř million): World Food Programme (WFP), Shelters and non-food items (US$Ř 1.0 million): the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Water and sanitation (US$ 0.8 million): the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT)

Even after two months since the monsoon caused floods in the southern Punjab, the northern Sindh and the north-eastern Balochistan, a large part of these regions still remains under water. According to the damage update issued by the National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan on November 21, 571 deaths have been reported so far and the total number of those affected is approximately 4.85 million people, including 141,843 persons in relief camps. Those affected still require immediate food assistance as they struggle to rebuild their livelihoods. As the winter approaches and the threat of water-borne diseases continues, appropriate shelters and water and sanitation facilities are also among the priority needs of the affected population.

In light of friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan, the Government of Japan has decided to carry out emergency assistance to alleviate the sufferings of those affected in the regions. This assistance is extended in addition to the provision of emergency relief goods worth up to 35 million Japanese Yen (around 437,000 US Dollars) on which the Government of Japan decided earlier on November 9. Following this earlier decision, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is planning to deliver tents, blankets and plastic sheets to the regions in early to mid December. Including all these measures of assistance, Japan’s humanitarian cooperation in support of the victims of floods in 2010, 2011 and 2012 amounts up to approximately 584 million US dollars.

Earlier, the government of Japan has decided on Saturday to extend emergency relief goods around $437,000 to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will implement the assistance by providing tents, blankets and plastic sheets to meet the dire needs of those affected by the floods in 2012. Even after two months since the monsoon caused floods in the southern Punjab, the northern Sindh and the northeastern Balochistan, a large part of these regions still remains under water.

According to the damage update by National Disaster Manag-ement Agency of Pakistan on November 7, 474 deaths have been reported and approximately 5.04 million people (including approximately 160,000 persons in relief camps) have been affected so far.
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