【Floods in Western Japan】Relief efforts at evacuation centers in collaboration with SEMA
On July 9, the joint emergency relief teams (A-PAD Japan/Civic Force/PWJ) delivered and distributed the most needed items such as water, sport-drinks, underwear, cooling sheets, and cleaning tools to the municipal shelters in Mabicho Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture and Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, the two most flood-affected areas.
As of late Monday, the death toll reached 125 and 63 people remain missing. Forty seven deaths were reported in Hiroshima Prefecture, followed by 36 in Okayama.
The relief efforts are in collaboration among the members of the Social Emergency Management Alliance (SEMA) that was established in August 2017 to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of disaster affected population. More than 17 companies including Yahoo Japan, Gunze, and Johnson and Johnson Japan and three NGOs including CF and A-PAD Japan are among the Alliance members.
More than 160 people have been evacuated at the Funaki Fureai Center in Hongocho, Mihara City, which was at one time completely inundated. Therefore, the floors of evacuation center are covered with muds. Water has been cut off and sanitary conditions are critical state giving rise to the possibility of spread disease.
In Mabicho, more items such as electric fans, dehumidifiers, shirts, socks, underwear, sanitation goods, and emergency toilets have arrived from A-PAD Japan office and are waiting distribution at the municipal shelters there.
The A-PAD Japan team also will continue mobilizing all resources to accommodate the needs of the evacuees and try to assist the medical and health team to prevent the spread of disease and to take measures against heatstroke.
A-PAD is committed to providing efficient and effective response to the disaster affected areas and “saving more lives in less time.”
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