Japan pledges emergency aid to Morocco and Libya

Japan is offering emergency humanitarian aid to quake-hit Morocco and flood-stricken Libya.

Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko told reporters on Friday that the aid to Morocco will be worth 3 million dollars.

She said shelter and food will be provided through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Japanese NGOs.

The earthquake that struck the North African nation on September 8 has left more than 2,900 people dead. Many survivors have lost their homes and urgently need support.

For Libya, Japan will provide tents, blankets and other emergency supplies via JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Heavy rain in the country's eastern region has caused devastating floods that have wiped out communities.

Kamikawa said Japan's government will stand by the people of Morocco and Libya. She added that Japan is ready to study further necessary assistance, bearing in mind human security needs.