Disaster Relief and Volunteering in Japan
In early July 2018, severe flooding and landslides in western Japan caused a tremendous loss life and property and the evacuation of more than 2 million people from their homes. The devastation was the most severe in the Chugoku Region of Japan, which includes Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Okayama and neighboring prefectures. In addition, there was also severe flooding around Fukuoka, which is in Kyushu.
As many of you know, INTESDA is often holding its events in the cities of Hiroshima and Fukuoka. While the city centers were largely unscathed by the flooding, many people in the outlaying areas suffered greatly. In fact, there were more than 214 fatalities and more than 20 people still listed as missing. Over 24,150 homes were damaged or destroyed in 13 prefectures and thousands of people were displaced.
As a result of the disruption of transportation services and concern over travel conditions, our events this past August were comparatively smaller than the previous year. We were, however, overwhelmed with inquiries from our friends and colleagues far and wide as to how to be of assistance or to lend support to the region during this difficult period.
In addition to the flooding in the western region, there was also an earthquake in the northern city of Sapporo in early September of this year. We realize that many of you would like to know how to help or send goods or provide volunteer assistance. For anyone interested in supporting or volunteering in Japan, we urge you to visit one the Social Welfare Council homepages. We will provide a link below.
Thank you all for your support.
Yours most sincerely,
INTESDA, Founder and Chairperson