Emergency assistance for the flood disaster in Venezuela

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1. On April 5 (Tue), the Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency assistance in kind equivalent to about 15 million yen including electric generators, plastic tanks, tents and blankets, to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which has sustained great damage from flooding caused by heavy rains.
2. In Venezuela, continuous nation-wide heavy rains starting on February 6 (Sun), caused great damage centering on Caracas, the capital, and the central and western states, with houses submerged and roads becoming impassable because of flooding. About two months have passed, but the people affected are still experiencing difficulties in their daily lives. According to the Venezuelan authorities, there are 62 people dead, 60 missing, 220,340 people in 44,825 households affected, and 43,366 houses damaged including 6,012 completely destroyed. Even now, more than 150,000 people have to live in shelters, unable to lead a normal life.

In such a situation, the Government of Venezuela has started relief operations of its own getting assistance from the United Nations Children's Fund and other international organizations, and has requested emergency assistance from the international community.

3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance from a humanitarian point of view for those affected by the natural disaster, taking account of the friendly relations between Japan and Venezuela.