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Copy of Japan offers lifeline to Bangladesh flood victims

Japan provides US$ 940,000 for flood assistance to UNICEF Bangladesh

DHAKA, BANGLASESH - The Government of Japan has agreed to provide 103 million Japanese Yen (approximately US$940,000) to UNICEF Bangladesh for emergency water and sanitation activities, as part of Japan’s $5.9 million flood assistance package for Bangladesh.

“Japan’s contribution will make a significant impact in improving the water and sanitation situation in the flood affected areas of Bangladesh, and reinforce people’s preparedness for future floods,” said UNICEF Representative Morten Giersing while paying a visit to the Ambassador of Japan to thank the Japanese Government for the timely contribution.

The Japanese funds will cover the costs of disinfection, repair and replacement of tubewells and the provision of latrines in the 60 flood-affected upazilas in 14 districts.   Japan will also support hygiene and sanitation promotional activities in the affected areas to raise people’s awareness on safe water and sanitation practices.  Japan will support these activities in partnership with the Department of Public Health Engineering and various non-governmental organizations.

The Japanese Ambassador Mr. Matsushiro Horiguchi expressed his hope that this assistance will provide potable water to a large number of people, particularly children whose lives have been badly affected by this year’s devastating floods.  He appreciated UNICEF’s collaboration with Japan in a wide range of relief and development activities in Bangladesh.

For more information, please contact:

Rezwan-ul-Alam, UNICEF Bangladesh, + 9336701/392, ralam@unicef.org




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