Japan: Emergency assistance for earthquake disaster in Turkey

On February 8 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance (grant aid) of 200,000 dollars to the Government of the Republic of Turkey, which has sustained great damage caused by an earthquake.

On February 3, an earthquake registering 6 on the Richter Scale hit Bolvadin county, Afyon province in the mid-west of Turkey (approx. 300 km southwest of Ankara), leaving 43 people dead, 318 injured, and 2,740 houses partially or completely destroyed. While conducting relief operations of its own, the Turkish Government therefore requested emergency assistance from Japan.

The Government of Japan decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian viewpoint, taking into account the scale of the disaster and the long-standing friendly relationship between Japan and Turkey.