KATHMANDU, August 24: Japanese ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa on Wednesday handed over emergency relief goods to Nepal amidst a special function at the Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
This was the first shipment of emergency relief from the Japanese government in response to the recent floods and landslides. The relief items handed over to the government include 3,000 blankets, 100 plastic sheets, 2,000 sleeping pads, 100 tents and 10 water tanks, weighing almost 10.4 tons, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu.
The relief supplies are worth around 25 million Japanese Yen (about NRs. 23.4 million). The second shipment of relief goods is scheduled to arrive Wednesday night and other air transportations of goods will continue after that.
Followed by the signing of the letter of delivery and acceptance by Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Office Jun Sakuma, and Joint Secretary at Ministry of Home Affairs Kedar Neupane, Ambassador Ogawa handed over the inventory and goods to Home Minister Janardan Sharma.
On the occasion, Ambassador Ogawa extended his heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the landslide and floods triggered by incessant monsson rainfall. "The Japanese government and Japanese citizens have not forgotten the friendship and compassion given to Japan during the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and in the Kumamoto Earthquake in April last year by the government and peoples of Nepal. Now, at this time, the Japanese Government and JICA are able to implement emergency assistance ahead of other governments and international organizations, which is an indication of the depth of the special relationship and consideration between our respective governments and citizens," the statement quoted the envoy as saying.