Foreign Press Center Translation (No. 0**)
1. On February 6 (Thu), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to about 12,650,000 yen comprising water tanks, plastic sheets, water purifiers, electricity generators, reels of electric cord, and tablets of soap, to the Republic of Madagascar, which has sustained damage from flooding.
2. Since the beginning of January this year, exceptionally heavy rains hit Madagascar, on Antananarivo and Fianarantsoa Provinces, and caused floods, and on and after January 27, tropical rainstorms hit the southeastern part of the country, leaving great human and material damage; there were 35 people dead, about 45,000 afflicted, about 2,000 houses damaged, and farmland and roads ruined.
3. At present, flood victims are of necessity living in difficult circumstances in shelters. Although making rehabilitation efforts of its own, the Government of Madagascar needs further assistance from the international community and requested assistance from the Government of Japan.
4. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view for the victims and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Madagascar. (END)
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