Japan to offer grant aid to quake-hit Haiti

Japan's government on Friday decided to extend emergency grant aid of 3.25 million dollars to quake-stricken Haiti.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the Caribbean country last month. More than 2,200 people have died and many others' homes destroyed. The hygiene situation is feared to be worsening as toilets are in short supply.

Japan's aid is to be used to provide food, water and sanitation through international bodies including the World Food Programme.

Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu told reporters that in Haiti, 650,000 people still need emergency humanitarian assistance. He added that the government will continue helping with the country's reconstruction efforts.