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Thailand: The government of Japan provides assistance for flood victims in Jarim sub-district, Tha Pla district, Uttaradit province

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The Government of Japan is extending Grant Assistance for the Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP) to the "Drinking Water Supply System Construction in Jarim Sub-district" project, coordinated by the Jarim Tambon Administration Organization. Mr. Jun Niimi, Minister of the Embassy of Japan, and Mr. Rachan Mahawan, Chairman of the Jarim Tambon Administration Organization, signed the contract on January 8, 2007 at the Uttaradit Provincial Office.

Floods and mudslides caused by the heavy rain in Uttaradit province of northern Thailand from May 22 to 23, 2006 resulted in 10,936 victims in Tha Pla district. 53 deaths (including 24 missing) and 106 destroyed houses were reported. Jarim sub-district of Tha Pla, in Particular, was seriously damaged over a wide area. Though the damaged water pipes have been restored, the water, which is contaminated by earth and sand, cannot be used for drinking.

At the request of the Jarim Tambon Administration Organization, the Government of Japan is providing grants for the construction of drinking water supply systems to 7 villages in Jarim sub-district. The total grant assistance amounts to 3,277,400 baht.

Through this grant, 8,645 villagers in 13 villages in Jarim sub-district will be guaranteed adequate drinking water.

The project was funded through the Japanese Government's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), one type of Official Development Assistance (ODA). Under the GGP scheme, the Japanese Government provides direct support for social and economic development activities implemented by NGOs, local authorities, and medical institutes. More than 270 projects in Thailand, amounting to over 650?million baht, have been implemented since the scheme’s inception in 1989.

The Japanese Government is ready to consider providing further support to projects which benefit human security through the GGP scheme.

For more information about GGP, please contact:

Mr. Hitoshi Takezume, First Secretary and Ms. Ashida, Staff
Embassy of Japan,
177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Telephone: 02-207-8500 / 02-696-3000 ext. 514, 558 Facsimile: 02-207-8517