Following a request from the Government of Dominica to relieve those affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided emergency relief to the country amounting to US$100,000.
The supplies include 25 electric generators with cord reels, 20 water purifiers and 20 water tanks.
The items were handed over on Saturday at the Canefield Airport.
Ambassador Designate of Japan to Dominica, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada, said the people of Japan deeply empathize with the country’s plight and are concerned about the well being of the nation.
“After seeing the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, I was moved to come here to personally deliver emergency relief goods and express our heartfelt sympathy and support,” he said said at the handing-over ceremony. “In delivering these relief goods, it is our hope that the 25 power generators, 20 water purifiers and 20 water tanks, which amount to approximately US$100,000, will be of great assistance to those communities that have been severely affected by the tropical storm.”
Okada, who is visiting the island for the first time, hopes that the citizens of Dominica will find the strength to overcome the challenges posed by Erika and begin the path to a speedy recovery.
Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore said the delivery of the items is a clear indication of the commitment of Japan to the people of Dominica.
Blackmoore pointed out that notwithstanding the very tragic moment the country have experienced in the development as a people, “something refreshing is emerging.”
“We have seen the outpouring of so many aspects of goodwill from countries far away from us and Japan, of course is very far away from us, but of course in spirit and in deeds, we are demonstrating that we really share a common humanity,” he stated.