Japanese government pledges emergency aid shipments


Yangon, 4 Aug — The Japanese government has pledged US $150,000 worth of emergency relief aid for flood victims across Myanmar.
A press release of the Japanese Embassy in Yangon on Tuesday said Tokyo decided to provide emergency relief goods including blankets, sleeping pads and plastic sheets through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.  The good will arrive at Yangon International Airport on 5-7 August, according to the embassy.
The severe flooding across the country has affected more than 217,000 people, leaving 46 dead, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.  Japanese Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe and Japanese Foreign Minister Mr Fumio Kishida sent sincere condolences Tuesday to President U Thein Sein and Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, respectively, for the flood victims, wishing a return to normality in Myanmar as soon as possible.—GNLM

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