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Japan to provide 94 mln USD to Cambodia despite quake impact

03-15-2011 13:48 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

PHNOM PENH, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The government of Japan on Tuesday signed up to provide a total grant aid of 94 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia for social and economic development though the country was severely hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The exchange of notes for the grant was signed between Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Masafumi Kuroki, Japanese ambassador to Cambodia, presided over by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

According to the media release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the aid will be used to implement three projects: the flood and drainage improvement in Phnom Penh (45 million U.S. dollars), replacement and expansion of water distribution system in provincial capitals (33.66 million U. S. dollars), and improvement of equipment for demining activities (15.83 million U.S. dollars).

The Friday's catastrophic earthquake in Japan, measuring 9.0 magnitudes on the Richter scale, has claimed 2,414 lives and left 3,118 others missing in Japan by 8:00 a.m. local time, said the Japanese National Police Agency.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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