Media Statement

08 July 2018

President Ramaphosa sends condolences to Japan following deadly landslides

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and to the Government and the people of Japan following the torrential rains and landslides that have left scores of people dead, with many others injured. The disaster has also destroyed residential, commercial and public property.

President Ramaphosa said the thoughts of the South African people are with the people of Japan during this difficult time.

The South African Embassy in Japan has not reported any South African victims and will maintain close contact with authorities. The Embassy stands ready to provide assistance should there be any South African citizens in need of support.

Those concerned about the wellbeing of their relatives in Japan can contact the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on 012 351 1000.

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President, on 072 854 5707.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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