Emergency assistance for the cyclone disaster in the western part of the Union of Myanmar

News and Press Release
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1. On June 5 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (blankets, tents, and portable jerry cans), equivalent to about 10 million yen, to the Union of Myanmar, which has sustained disaster from tidal waves and strong winds caused by a cyclone.

2. In Myanmar, since last month, areas surrounding the Sittwe district, Rakhine State, near the border with Bangladesh were caught in a severe storm, affecting more than 10,000 people including 14 dead and 15 missing. The storm has also left public offices including schools and hospitals, as well as more than 2,000 houses, totally or partially destroyed. The surrounding areas, at present, are also suffering from food shortages caused by obstructed access, drinking-water shortages caused by unusable wells, lack of accommodation, and other problems.

3. The Government of the Union of Myanmar, while making relief efforts of its own, requested emergency assistance from the Government of Japan. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance in light of the urgent need as well as from a humanitarian point of view.