The Japanese Government has allocated US$ 3 million to UN-HABITAT for emergency rehabilitation following last month’s disaster caused by an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra that sent massive tsunami waves crashing into several Indian Ocean countries taking a huge toll in lives and property.
The Japanese ministry of foreign affairs announced the allocation as part of a 250 million dollar emergency aid package. Mr. Shuzen Tanigawa, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, officially announced the details at the Meeting of Ministerial Level on Humanitarian Assistance to Tsunami Affected Communities, which was held in Geneva on the same day.
He said the contribution was part of the financial assistance (grant aid) of up to 500 million dollars for the time being, which was already announced, and will be swiftly disbursed, once authorised by a Cabinet meeting scheduled 17 January.
The US$250 million will be disbursed to 15 UN and international relief agencies. For details see: http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/announce/2005/1/0111.html