Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched emergency relief supplies to the Republic of Palau in response to the damages caused by the typhoon.
Emergency goods to the value of JPY 5 million – including 156 portable jerry cans, 20 plastic sheets, 100 blankets and 20 water purifiers - arrived in the capital, Koror. A handover ceremony was held at 16:00 on 17th December at the Catholic School Auditorium in the city. Amongst Palau’s attendees were Mr Kerai Mariur, Vice President, Dr Victor Yano, State Minister, Dr Patrick Tellei, Coordinator of the Bopha Catastrophe Relief Committee and Mr Santy Asanuma, Palau Red Cross Society Chairman of the Board. From the Japanese side, Mr Takao Anzawa, Counselor of the Embassy of Japan to Palau and Mr Nobuaki Matsui, Resident Representative of JICA’s Palau office.
During the ceremony, Dr Yano thanked Japan for its much needed assistance and stated that the destruction caused was the greatest that Palau had experienced since the typhoon in 1997.
In response, Mr Anzawa said that the effective cooperation between various actors made the delivery of the goods from Japan possible and expressed his wish that the goods would be delivered to the victims as soon as possible.
In addition, Mr Asanuma pointed out that the plastic sheets and portable jerry cans would be particularly useful as they are difficult to acquire in Palau.
All goods will be distributed by the government of Palau to the victims, with the cooperation of Palau Red Cross.