US to Give $100,000 for Japan’s Flood Relief

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tokyo - (PanOrient News) The U.S. is donating $100,000 to aid in disaster relief for the areas of Western Japan devastated by recent torrential rains and flooding, said U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in a statement on Friday.

“It is our sincere hope that these funds will contribute to the expeditious recovery of your loved ones and the restoration of your communities,” said Hagerty, who authorized the funds in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

U.S. Ambassador Hagerty

The flash flooding and landslides resulting from record-breaking rainfall in early July have left at least 216 dead, with over 20 still missing. Large areas of Western Japan have been affected, with Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures being hit especially hard.

Although more heavy rain is not currently in the forecast for the region, experts warn that high temperatures pose a health risk for those working on cleanup efforts and for people in homes cut off from water or without air conditioning. Unsanitary conditions may also ease the spread of disease.

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