1.On February 1, in response to a request from the Government of Indonesia, the Government of Japan decided to contribute 200,000 US dollars (about 16.2 million Japanese Yen) through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the people of Indonesia who suffer from the recent flooding.
2.In Indonesia, continuous rain since January 14 has caused serious flood-damage. On January 17, the Special Capital Region of Jakarta declared a state of emergency in the region for 10 days. According to a government announcement (as of January 27), 41 people have been killed and more than 250 thousand people have been evacuated. Recently the heavy rains have begun to calm down, but there continue to be squalls every day, which is typical for the rainy season, and sections of Jakarta have been swamped.
3.The Government of Japan decided to provide emergency grant aid in consideration of the need for humanitarian assistance for the serious damage caused by the flooding and also based upon the friendly relations between Japan and Indonesia, and the request of the Government of Indonesia.
(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)