Another natural disaster hit Japan. As brown muddy water surged, houses and trees were swept away in an instant causing blackouts and stoppage of the water supply system.
Heavy rain emergency warnings were issued in Tochigi, Ibaraki and Miyagi prefectures due to torrential rainfalls in these areas, which were caused by Typhoon Etau that hit the Tokai region on September 9th. The next day, water overflowed from the banks of the Kinugawa River in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture; followed by landslide disasters and flooding of other rivers. Floods and landslides in the city center caused great damage, such as building collapses. The number of evacuees was more than 5,600 at its peak and as of the end of September; many people still remain at school gymnasiums, community centers, and temples.
To deal with this situation, Civic Force began gathering information of the disaster immediately after it occurred and decided to send an emergency support team on the same day. Cooperating with Peace Winds Japan, our partner organization, we started support activities for a welfare facility in worst-affected Joso City, which was isolated by the flood.
To support the prolonged period of evacuation, we are working with the NGO Collaboration Center for HANSHIN QUAKE Rehabilitation, another partner organization of Civic Force, in sending volunteers. All Round Helicopter, which is also our partner, dispatched a helicopter to assess the level of damage caused by the heavy rainfalls in the Tohoku region.
This issue of the Civic Force News Letter covers reports on our support activities for people who were affected by the heavy rainfalls in the Kanto and Tohoku regions. We will also report on the Tohoku nature experience program for scholarship students of the “Dream Support Project”, an initiative designed to support students who became victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Subsequent conditions of our support provided to victims of the Nepal earthquake and the Tohoku region will follow as well.