Palau was able to raise $50,000 for the people of Japan, who were devastated by a flashflood that took many lives, during a one-day fundraising event collaborated by the Palau government and the Palau Red Cross Society on July 13 at the Ministry of Education, Medalaii, Koror.
President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., in his letter to Japan Ambassador to Palau Toshiyuki Yamada dated July 25, stated that Palauan people cherish and value friendship and mutual partnership with Japan.
“We share our happiness and our sadness with our true friends in good times and in bad times. That is why during this time of distress for many Japanese people caused by the unfortunate disaster that claimed many precious lives and displaced many families, the Palauan people came together to express their condolences and sadness to those affected by this disastrous event,” Remengesau stated.
“With this small token of friendship yet of great value from the hearts of our people, please accept Palau’s $50,000 donation that has been transferred by Palau Red Cross Society to the Japan Red Cross to help with relief efforts for those affected people of Japan. It was raised by the Palauan people and we hope it can provide some sort of relief to the victims of this disaster,” the letter read.
In early July, a heavy downpour caused flooding in some areas of Southwestern Japan. Hundreds of thousands were reportedly forced to flee their homes while some took shelters on rooftops as water flooded the affected areas. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)