Emergency Assistance to Paraguay for the Drought and Forest Fire Disaster

On November 17 (Wed), in response to a request from the Government of the Republic of Paraguay, which has sustained a disaster from drought and forest fires, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance in kind comprising polyethylene tanks, water purifiers and medicines, equivalent to about 11 million yen.

Nation-wide drought hit Paraguay most severely in the past 55 years. In the Departments of Concepcion and San Pedro in the northern central part of the country, in particular, there has been no appreciable rainfall since September, causing a disastrous drought and forest fires in many places. According to the National Emergency Assistance Committee of Paraguay, 160,000 people, most of whom are poor farmers, have been afflicted, and the serious shortage of food and potable water is forcing them to live in extremely unhealthy conditions. Agricultural products such as pineapples, bananas and wheat, and livestock, have suffered great losses. Declaring a state of emergency, the Government of Paraguay, mainly through the Committee, has launched its own relief activities and has requested emergency assistance from Japan.

The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian standpoint, in view of the seriousness of this disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Paraguay.