2. In Venezuela, the rain, which had been falling since December 11 in the areas along the Caribbean coast, developed to a torrential downpour from December 15 to 18. The Government of Venezuela announced on December 20 that 337 people were dead, 2,545 missing, and 331,164 affected. It is alleged that the number of the dead might be greater than the figure presently announced, and it seems that the disaster will be the worst in the history of Venezuela. The Government of Venezuela, while conducting relief operations of its own, has requested emergency aid from the international community including Japan.
3. 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 Venezuela.