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January 9, 2015

JICA Provided Emergency Supplies to Malaysia Following Heavy Rains

photoMakio Miyagawa, ambassador to Malaysia, second from right, and Shahidan Kassim, minister in the Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia, to his left, exchange signed documents. At far right is Kyoko Okubo, acting chief representative of the JICA Malaysia Office.
photoThe supplies handed over to the Government of Malaysia.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency provided emergency supplies to Malaysia in response to damage caused by flooding after receiving a request from the Government of Malaysia.

Continuous heavy rains since mid-December have caused flooding in many parts of the country.

According to the Government of Malaysia, 17 people have been killed and more than 100,000 people evacuated.

JICA has delivered 30 water purifiers, 50 water tanks and 40 generators (with cord reels), with a total value of approximately US$160,000.

A handing-over ceremony for the emergency supplies was held around 5 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the WFP-UN Humanitarian Response Depot Subang, with the attendance of Shahidan Kassim, minister in the Prime Minister's Office from the Malaysian side, and Makio Miyagawa, ambassador to Malaysia, and Kyoko Okubo, acting chief representative of JICA Malaysia Office, from the Japanese side.

During the ceremony, Shahidan called the flooding the worst Malaysia has ever experienced and expressed his gratitude for the the supplies from Japan, which he said are helping reduce the impact of the damage in the affected areas.

Miyagawa expressed his sympathy for the affected people, and said he hopes the supplies will help the Malaysian people return to a stable life as soon as possible.

Okubo said she hopes the supplies will be delivered to the affected people quickly and talked about JICA’s activities, which include not only emergency support but also disaster management in normal times.

The supplies will be delivered to the affected people by land by the Government of Malaysia.

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