Islamabad, December 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): Japan delivered emergency relief goods to two flood-affected districts of Balochistan Province on December 13, 2012. At the handing over ceremony held at the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Islamabad on Decemer 14, Mr. Hiroshi Oe, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, handed over the list of emergency relief goods to Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman of the NDMA.
Prior to the handing over ceremony, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) delivered 3,150 tents, 13,000 blankets and 3,652 plastic sheets, worth 35 million yen (around 437,000 US Dollars), to Nasirabad District and Jaffarabad District of Balochistan. In the middle of severe winter, those affected by the floods are in dire need of these items.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Mr. Hiroshi Oe expressed his sympathy to the sufferings of those affected by the floods this year and stated that the Government of Japan is privileged to be a part of the humanitarian assistance to help 4.85 million people in the flood-affected area.
Mr. Oe stated that the Government of Japan has recently provided emergency grant aid worth 4.7 million US dollars, in addition to the emergency supplies to Balochistan Province. With these latest commitments for this year, Japan’s humanitarian cooperation in response to the flood damage caused by the floods in 2010, 2011 and 2012 amounts up to approximately 584 million US dollars.
He also renewed his appreciation for the help extended to Japan by Pakistan after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the following tsunami. Referring to the fact that this year is the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, Mr. Oe said, “we have always reached out to one another in times of difficulties. I am sure that this bond of friendship will continue in the next sixty years and beyond.”
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