Japan’s government to provide emergency assistance to Cambodia amid flood disaster
The Government of Japan announced that it will provide emergency assistance to Cambodia, which has been suffering from one of its worst flood disaster in years.
According to a statement released by the Japanese Embassy, the emergency assistance, which will be provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), includes 200 tents, 20 water purifiers, 780 blankets, 5 generators, 70 plastic sheets, 780 sleeping pad and 200 portable jerry cans.
The statement added that these equipment and supplies will arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport soon, and they will be distributed immediately after the arrival.
“The Embassy of Japan wishes for the safety and early recovery of the affected people’s life,” the embassy said in its statement.
According to the latest statistics from the National Committee for Disaster Management, the floods have claimed 39 lives, hit 20 provinces and Phnom Penh, affected 120,785 families (about 483,140 people), killed 36 people and have seen 46,216 evacuated. The flood has also inundated about 111,354 houses, 232,551 hectares of rice fields, 83,918 hectares of subsidiary crops and 707 schools, which have been damaged or destroyed.
During a phone conference between Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday this week, Mr Motegi also extended condolences regarding the recent damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in Cambodia. Also during the phone conference, he announced Japan will provide $239 million in emergency financial assistance to support Cambodia, saying it “has suffered from adverse economic impacts as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).” Khmer Times