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More Aids for Flood Victims in Hadramout and Al-Mahrah
  Written By: Moneer Al-Omari (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
December 15, 2008



The Japanese Embassy donated $800,000 in aid to alleviate the suffering of flood victims in Hadramout and Al-Mahrah provinces. This was made in response to the Yemeni plan presented to the United Nations.

In a press release, the Sana'a-based Japanese Embassy noted that $500,000 will be paid to the United Nations' Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to help it cover for its projects including distribution of aids to refugees, collecting information about the flood victims and support government to restore lost documents.

According to the Japanese Embassy, the remaining $300,000 will be granted to UNICEF office in Sana'a to help the organization fund its projects in the afflicted areas.

These projects seek primarily to mitigate the environment deterioration, improving the health and food conditions of afflicted people and providing clean drinking water, together with assessment of children needs and setting a mechanism for protecting and sending them back to schools.

Early last month, Japan also provided relief materials at $200,000 including tents, blankets, and mattresses, etc. 

In related news, the Canadian government granted $600,000 to alleviate the sufferings of flood-afflicted people in Hadramout and Al-Mahrah provinces. However, some observers stress that relief efforts were marred with corruption.