With recent flooding and landslides that took hundreds of lives in Japan, the city government has expressed its sympathy to the country.
Members of the City Council yesterday passed a resolution expressing sympathy, condolences, and moral support to people of Japan.
Mayor Sara Duterte also wrote a letter offering prayers to the people affected by the calamity to stand tall and quickly recover.
Mayor Duterte hopes for the recovery and redevelopment of Japan as it is known to be a resilient and competent country.
A copy was furnished to Koji Haneda, the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines.
The city and Japan have been noted to have strong ties.
The city’s Mintal district is nicknamed as the Little Tokyo of the country.
During the American period, the city was known as the country’s Little Japan as the Japanese community was then booming in this southern city prior to the Second World War.
It was due to the increasing Japanese influence in the region’s economy that led to the creation of Davao City on March 16, 1936.
On July 3, successive heavy downpours in southwestern Japan resulted in widespread, devastating floods and mudflows.
As of 10 July, 141 people were killed and 86 were declared missing, the highest recorded caused by heavy rainfall in the last three decades.
More than 8 million people were advised or urged to evacuate across 23 prefectures.
The city is also prone to floods and landslides.
On June 29, 2011, at least 25 residents were killed in a flashflood that hit the Matina area of Talomo District.
When heavy rains hit the city, low lying barangays were also affected by flood, the latest was last Friday in Buhanging District.
Landslide is also a constant problem in the city. The city’s Diversion Road is usually affected by landslide that usually affected major traffic jam around the city.