On Wednesday, March 8, the Government of
Japan decided to send an advance team comprising two persons (officials
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA) from March 9, for the subsequent
dispatch of a medical team to Mozambique, which has sustained great damage
from flooding. The advance team will join those including an official of
the Japanese Embassy in South Africa who have already flown to Mozambique,
and is expected to report the situation. The Government is considering
to dispatch the medical team as early as possible during next week, taking
into account the report of the advance team, to provide basic medical assistance
to the sufferers and to cope at early stages with the potential infectious
and other diseases such as cholera which could spread after the flood.
In Mozambique, flooding has been triggered
by torrential rain which started in mid-January. This flood has caused
the worst damage in fifty years. In late February, a cyclone passed the
region, isolating many towns and villages and causing further damages.
Under such situation, on March 6, the Government of Mozambique requested
the Government of Japan to dispatch a medical team at an early opportunity.
The Government of Japan has decided to
take this measure from a humanitarian standpoint, in addition to the already
announced emergency grant aid and emergency assistance in kind totaling
about 121.50 million yen (equivalent to about 1 million US dollars), in
view of the seriousness of this disaster and the friendly relations between
Japan and Mozambique.