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Emergency assistance for earthquake disaster in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China

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1. The Government of Japan decided to extend grant aid totaling about 30 million yen, consisting of emergency grant aid of 150,000 dollars and emergency assistance in kind (40 tents, 1,200 blankets, 3 portable water tanks, 5 electricity generators and 5 reels of electric cord) equivalent to about 12.7 million yen in total, to the Government of the People's Republic of China, which has sustained damage in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

2. On February 24, at around 10:00 a.m. (Japan time: 11:00 a.m.), an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Jiashi and Bachu counties in Kaxgar Prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. As of February 26, there were 266 fatalities, 2,050 seriously injured, over 2,000 slightly injured, 8,865 houses destroyed, and 33,000 persons afflicted.

3. The Government of China is now making its own efforts for rehabilitation. However the cold weather in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is compelling the victims hardship in their shelters. Therefore China requested emergency assistance from Japan. The Government of Japan has decided to extend the emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view, taking into account the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and China.

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