MANILA - The government of Japan has decided to give additional emergency grant aid worth $3.5 million to support relief operations in the Visayas, which was hit by a massive quake last October 15.
Japan will assist in relief operations in the sectors of shelters, water and sanitation, and debris removal for the residents affected by the quake.
The $3.5 million aid is broken down as follows: $1 million for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), $500,000 for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), $1.2 million for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); and $800,000 for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The aid package is in addition to the tents and plastic sheets worth 38 million yen provided to the quake victims through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced on October 29.
The death toll from the magnitude 7.2 quake has already risen to 222, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
At least 796 people were injured in the quake while 8 remain missing in the province of Bohol.
Over 3.2 million individuals were affected by the massive tremor, the NDRRMC said.