Two months have passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan. The Salvation Army responded with several international teams, setting up in schools, community centers and damaged corps. Thousands of bottles of water, meals and other needed supplies.
Here’s the latest update:
Our emergency teams in Japan tell us disaster response is going well and that most areas in need of assistance have been reached.
They’re still providing necessities such as food and water in Sendai and also in Yabuki-cho, both of which are near Fukushima but outside the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant. Yabuki-cho seems to be one of the few areas not yet reached by government help.
Some areas hit harder by the disaster are still not accessible. Our workers in Japan believe other NGO’s are also not being allowed into these parts. The exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant is still in place and local reports say the situation is improving.
The Salvation Army in Korea has provided bottled water to Japan, and The Salvation Army World Services Office (SAWSO) in the USA is organizing a delivery of blankets. They’ve also offered to send food packages if needed.
As many of you know, there has been a generous financial response to The Salvation Army’s Japan Disaster Appeal! Our Japan Territory believes funds already available in-country will cover the costs of the current response and that money raised from around the world will enable a medium to long-term response. The territory is considering building temporary accommodations and providing household goods and equipment, but these plans are still at the early stages.