Latvia donates EUR 141,500 to Japan as emergency aid

Latvia, one of Europe‘s poorest countries, with more than 15,000 families in its capital, Riga, without a home, has agreed to donate EUR 141,500 from its emergency fund to assist Japan in its humanitarian crisis caused by the recent earthquake.

The aid was approved by the country’s cabinet of ministers during a closed meeting on March 15th. There is no information about how the funds will be used, but it seems that more, or less all of it will go towards assisting Latvia’s evacuation from Japan of 74, or so citizens who are caught up in the country’s current nuclear and natural disaster incidents.

The donation has been approved by the European Union of which Latvia is a member and participant of its austerity program resulting from the current global financial crisis.
The country’s people, whilst sympathetic to Japan’s problems, are saying that the aid package is ridiculous as Japan is the second richest country in the world, whilst Latvia, a country of some 2.2 million inhabitants, is one of the poorest.
[Baltics Contributor]

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