Tokyo extends two grant aid for Herat earthquake victims

Herat’s Zinda Jan district after earthquakes. FILE PHOTO

The government of Japan has extended much-needed relief to earthquake-affected communities in western Herat of Afghanistan after the string of quakes devastated large parts of the province over the past 10 days.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Japanese government announced it was extending and Emergency Grant Aid of $3 million and another Grant Aid of about $1.46 million.
The $3 million emergency grant will be done through international organizations in areas of food, health and other needs.

“In addition to this assistance, Japan has decided to implement a Grant Aid of approximately USD 1.46 million to be implemented as Japan’s ODA via the Japan Platform (JPF),” a statement issued by Japan’s ministry of foreign affairs said on Tuesday.

“The Government of Japan will continue to stand by the people of Afghanistan and continue its efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Japan will provide $3 million of assistance through international agencies – including the World Food Programme ($1 million for food); International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), $1 million for health; and International Organization for Migration (IOM), $1 million for water, sanitation and hygiene – for the people of Afghanistan.

The additional $1.46 million will be provided for food and non-food items via Japanese organizations.