A torrential rain storm hit Pakistan in the area within a radius of about 100km around the capital, Islamabad, killing 183 people, injuring 179, and destroying a number of houses. While conducting relief operations of its own, the Government of Pakistan has requested emergency assistance from Japan.
In light of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan, the Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian standpoint.
On May 29, 1998, the Government of Japan announced, after Pakistan's nuclear testing, that it would take measures to freeze grant aid to Pakistan for new projects, except emergency and humanitarian aid and grant assistance for grassroots projects. The present assistance is being extended within the framework of these measures as an emergency and humanitarian aid.