Weather and lack of supplies continue to make conditions difficult for the survivors of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami. In snowy, freezing weather, many evacuation centers still lack central heat and running water.
Emergency responders from Mercy Corps and their partner Peace Winds are working to help families stay warm as well as supplying potable water, food, and other essential supplies.
Via air and road, teams delivered three balloon shelters that house up to 100 people; 164, smaller tents that hold up to 5 people; 1,720 blankets; 1,210 kerosene space heaters; 100,000 medical face masks; 570 tarps for additional shelter; towels, mattresses, clothing and sanitary supplies; and a large supply of water and food, including bread, instant rice, and fruit.
Mercy Corps and Peace Winds plan to continue sending urgently needed relief items to Kesennuma, a city of approximately 70,000 people that was largely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, as well as the northern cities of Rikuzentakata and Ofunato and the southern city of Minamisanriku.
Due to the damage suffered at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, responders must detour around the radiation zone – a route that doubles the length of the trip.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that 261,000 people are still taking refuge in evacuation centers. About 760,000 people do not have access to water and 216,000 households are without electricity.
GreaterGood.org has given more than $80,000 to Mercy Corps to help with the earthquake relief mission. To learn more, please click here.
Photos courtesy of Peace Winds