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Last updated: 22nd July 2020 14:35

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Online health counseling

27th July 27 2020 22:11

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General Incorporated Association Japan International Support Program (JISP), a JPF member NGO, is helping people affected by Typhoon Hagibis rebuild their lives in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, with funding from JPF.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have had fewer opportunities for social interaction, and many are in poorer health or have become depressed as a result. To respond to this situation, JISP has started providing online health counseling to people living in a temporary housing community in the town of Osato in Miyagi Prefecture, to make it easy for them to discuss concerns about their health.

Online health counseling is provided to those who are interested by connecting them with a health professional via Zoom.
One resident was unsure as it was her first time to receive counseling over the internet, but after her session ended, she said that she was glad to have been able to address her concerns.

We hope to adapt to the ever-changing situation and continue to deliver aid that is possible.

Vnet’s Relief Project in Response to the July 2020 Floods: Repairing flooded homes in Asahi, Takayama

21st July 2020 11:00

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JPF member NGO Vnet is implementing its relief project in response to the flood in the town of Asahi in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. Vnet has been continuing its cleaning and disinfecting of flooded homes in Asahi. On the 19th of this month, they worked in multiple groups consisting of their staff and volunteers, who came from within Takayama or from other places in the prefecture. They are also doing heavy lifting work, taking furniture and other household items out of flooded homes using a dump truck, while also doing demolition and removal of flooded sheds using heavy machinery.

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 9 - Medical care support and relief items for Ashikita, Kumamoto

20th July 2020 10:46

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JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) has been conducting needs assessment and providing assistance for healthcare facilities in the town of Ashikita in Kumamoto prefecture. On 18 July, HuMA’s doctors and nurses continued to help provide outpatient care at healthcare facilities where they have been assisting. Thanks to the support from many of you, they were able to deliver rubbing alcohol, masks, thermometers, and other items in short supply to healthcare facilities and evacuation shelters. HuMA will continue to help healthcare facilities in need of supplies with relief items.

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 8 - Continuing medical care support in Ashikita, Kumamoto

19th July 2020 9:00

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HuMA doctor providing inpatient care ©HuMA

JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) has been conducting emergency initial assessment and providing assistance for healthcare facilities in the town of Ashikita in Kumamoto prefecture. The duration of these activities in the original plan has been extended until 22 July, and HuMA will continue to support healthcare facilities affected by the flood while also doing needs assessment.

On 16 July, HuMA’s doctors and nurses continued to help provide outpatient and inpatient care. With a shortage of supplies such as antiseptics and dressings, healthcare workers must make do with what they have. HuMA’s medical team also plans to support care provision at other local healthcare facilities that have resumed care.

Vnet’s Relief Project in Response to the July 2020 Floods: Cleaning and disinfecting flooded homes in Takayama

18th July 2020 9:00

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Cleaning under the floorboards in Asahi, Takayama ©Vnet

On 16 July, JPF member NGO Vnet continued its relief efforts in response to the flood in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture.

In the town of Asahi in Takayama, Vnet worked with 5 homes with mud removal, using fans to dry the space under the floorboards, cleaning, and disinfecting. Cleaning and disinfecting of the structural foundations of houses take much effort, but these are indispensable steps in preventing mold from growing in flooded homes.

Heavy machinery was used in heavy lifting relief work such as demolition and removal of flooded sheds. HuMA will continue to provide relief based on their expertise as they assess local needs.

Support from XING, Inc.: Donations to July 2020 flood resposne when karaoke items are purchased

17th July 2020 23:32

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In support of JPF’s emergency response to July 2020 floods, XING, Inc., has prepared special items in their karaoke social media Uta Suki’s JOYSOUND avatar service, where people can donate to the response through purchasing items for their avatars. When you purchase these special items, the entire amount (1 JOYSOUND point = 1 yen) will be donated to JPF. Additionally, XING’s subsidiary Standard Corp. has kindly placed donation boxes at their directly managed JOYSOUND stores. We are thankful for their support.

JPF will continue to provide relief in response to requests made by local communities affected by the floods, while being very thorough in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We will use your donations carefully as we deliver the assistance to people in need.

JOYSOUND avatar items for flood relief are available for purchase starting on Tuesday 14 July until 11:00 a.m. on Monday 17 August. For more information, please see: https://xing.co.jp/archives/16686

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 7 - Supporting medical and nursing care in Ashikita, Kumamoto

17th July 2020 10:31

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On 15 July, JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) continued its assistance for healthcare facilities in the town of Ashikita in Kumamoto prefecture. HuMA’s medical staff each provided their expertise as they supported local healthcare facilities: medical doctors helped with outpatient care, nurses provided nursing care in hospitals and assisted patients with bathing, and pharmacists prepared prescription medication. As conditions change from day to day in the communities affected by the flood, relief providers like HuMA would need to continue to assess the medical relief needs and respond accordingly.

Vnet’s Relief Project in Response to the July 2020 Floods: Restoring homes in Takayama

16th July 2020 10:55

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On 15 July, JPF member NGO Vnet provided relief in response to the flood in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture.

In Takayama where Vnet is physically based, they are helping with mud removal and other cleaning efforts for flooded homes, working with their members as well as volunteers from the local community and the social welfare council. They cleared mud from underneath the floorboards and cleaned this space, and also used heavy machinery to remove damaged roofs and driftwood.

Vnet will continue to assess local needs and provide assistance on home restoration work that is difficult to undertake for individuals and families affected by this flood.

Calling for Donations to JPF’s Flood Response through Yahoo! Japan Donations

15th July 2020 18:30

JPF has begun to provide relief to people affected by the torrential rain and flood in Kyushu and around the country. We will continue our efforts while being very careful about preventing the spread of COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your warm support for our activities.

Please visit Yahoo! Japan Donations page here: https://donation.yahoo.co.jp/detail/987028/

HuMA's Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 6 - Supporting healthcare facilities in Ashikita, Kumamoto

15th July 2020 14:31

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As of 14 July, JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) is continuing its assistance for healthcare facilities in the town of Ashikita in Kumamoto prefecture. While some healthcare facilities have not been able to resume operations in the areas affected by the floods, HuMA’s doctors and pharmacists provided relief for outpatient care. Many of these facilities are experiencing problems as they cannot use machines that have been soaked in the flood water, and we expect that these facilities would need assistance replacing these medical equipment and other items.

Vnet's Relief Project in Response to the July 2020 Floods: Mud removal in Takayama, Gifu

14th July 2020 17:00

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On 13 July, JPF member NGO Vnet implemented a relief activity in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, in response to the flood. Vnet is a new member of JPF that just joined in May of this year. In Takayama where they are based, Vnet worked on mud removal in and around flooded homes. They used heavy machinery as people had been saying how difficult it was to do this work manually.

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 3 - Masks Donated to Medical Facilities

11th July 2020 20:00

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As of 10 July, JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) is continuing its emergency initial assessment in Kumamoto prefecture. They have also donated masks to evacuation shelters and healthcare facilities. While these medical facilities themselves have been affected by the torrential rain, many of these clinics are continuing to see patients to help support those who have been affected by this disaster and those who have fallen ill after evacuating, as well as other local residents.

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 2 - In Ashikita, Kumamoto

10th July 2020 13:30

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On 9 July, JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) began to conduct its emergency initial assessment in Kumamoto prefecture. In the town of Ashikita, Kumamoto prefecture, where major damages were sustained by the heavy rain, HuMA also donated masks to healthcare facilities that are aiming to reopen soon. They will continue their assessment activity while being thoroughly careful in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

HuMA’s Emergency Initial Assessment, Part 1

10th July 2020 11:14

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On 9 July, JPF member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) began to conduct its emergency initial assessment in Kumamoto prefecture. HuMA will proceed with its assessment in order to deliver assistance that is needed in the local communities, while being very careful about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Response to July 2020 Floods Launched, Calls for Donations - Entering affected local community only in response to requests, relief activities delivered with thorough COVID-19 prevention measures

9th July 2020

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We would like to express our sincere condolences to the families of those who have passed away in the floods in Kyushu and around Japan, and we extend our sympathies to all who have suffered grave damages and loss in this disaster.

On 4 July, the very day Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special heavy rain warning for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures, Japan Platform (JPF) began our emergency initial assessment towards emergency humanitarian relief, conducting assessment for damages and needs in areas affected by the torrential rain. JPF has also been participating in daily online information sharing meetings with Kumamoto Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KVOAD), Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD), and other relief organizations in the local areas and around the country. Today, on 9 July, we have decided to launch the Emergency Response to July 2020 Floods program and begun to call for donations.

As this has become the first disaster for Japan under the influence of the new coronavirus, we will proceed with our assistance activities very carefully, taking thorough prevention measures against the spread of COVID-19. We will not have direct physical presence in the affected areas as a general rule, with aid activities provided through organizations based in the respective local areas instead. We will also only implement assistance in response to requests made by the local communities.

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is beginning emergency initial assessment around Kuma River in Kumamoto prefecture: https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2020/07/041554.html

Torrential Rain in Kyushu: Information gathering in progress (Japan Meteorological Agency issues special heavy rain warning for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures)
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2020/07/041140.html

PWJ Distributing Hygiene Items in Taragi, Kumamoto

8th July 2020 14:40

In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

In Taragi High School located in the town of Taragi, Kumamoto prefecture, which has been converted into an evacuation shelter, ARROWS / Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Japan (A-PAD Japan) is distributing hygiene items and food. They are carrying out their activities while being thoroughly careful in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Online Information Sharing Meeting of Local and Other Relief Providers - July 2020 Floods

8th July 2020 6:27

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In response to the floods in Kyushu, JPF has been participating in an online information sharing meeting every evening along with Kumamoto Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KVOAD), Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD), and other relief organizations in the local areas and around the country. Wider and wider regions are affected by the floods as days go by, and on the evening of 7 July, organizations from Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, and Saga prefectures participated in the meeting.

We share what we know about the conditions in the affected areas, the needs of the people who are affected, and the progress of relief activities, as individual organizations consider what they can do to save lives. As this is the first disaster for Japan under the influence of the new coronavirus, we are being cautious about external relief providers entering the communities affected by this disaster as we continue to ascertain what kinds of assistance would be possible for the people in need and the local people affected by the floods and landslides

PWJ Providing Emergency Relief Items at Kounose Preschool in Kumamoto

7th July 2020 13:29

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In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

ARROWS (Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search), the flying rescue and medical troop operated by PWJ, arrived at Kounose Preschool in the village of Kuma, Kumamoto prefecture, where 70 people had evacuated. ARROWS successfully distributed emergency relief items there.

Evacuee Transportation from Kuma Athletic Park Completed - July 2020 Floods

6th July 2020 18:39

In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

With support from the local police and the Japanese Self Defense Forces, evacuees had started being transported from the Kuma Athletic Park, which had been the evacuation shelter, to the new shelter site at Hitoyoshi Daiichi Junior High School. At a little past noon, the ARROWS shelter assistance team arrived at the junior high school. Every evacuee had been safely transported out of the Kuma Athletic Park now.

PWJ Mask Distriution at Shelter in Kuma, Kumamoto - July 2020 Floods

6th July 2020 14:05

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In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

The medical team of ARROWS (Airborne Rescue & Relief Operations With Search), the flying rescue and medical troop operated by PWJ, distributed masks at the evacuation shelter set up in Sakura Dome located in the Kuma Athletic Park. PWJ will continue its assistance at the shelter while being very careful with preventing the spread of infections.

PWJ Setting Up a Temporary Clinic at Shelter in Kumamoto Where Doctors Provide Care - July 2020 Floods

6th July 2020 1:36

In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

PWJ’s flying rescue and medical troop, ARROWS, and a nonprofit organization called TMAT have set up a temporary medical clinic at the Kuma Athletic Park, which has been designated as an evacuation shelter. Doctors and nurses provided medical care to 32 evacuees there. PWJ will also devote its efforts to infection prevention and sanitation improvement, too.

Search and Rescue Operations by ARROWS Disaster Rescue Dog Team in Ashikita and Tsunagi, Kumamoto

6th July 2020 1:28

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In response to the floods in southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is conducting emergency initial assessment.

On 4 July, PWJ’s ARROWS disaster rescue dog team joined local fire and rescue squads in the search and rescue operations in the Tagawa district of the town of Ashikita, Kumamoto prefecture, where people were missing after a mudslide. On the following 5th of July, the team also responded to a request from the Japanese Self Defense Forces and participated in the search and rescue operations in the Fukuhama district of the town of Tsunagi, Kumamoto prefecture, where residents continue to be missing.

PWJ Beginning Emergency Initial Assessment around Kuma River, Kumamoto - July 2020 Floods

5th July 2020 11:01

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As heavy rain struck southern Kyushu, Japan Platform (JPF) member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) began its emergency initial assessment.

In the areas around the Kuma River in Kumamoto prefecture where there has been flooding up and down the stream, PWJ will have their rescue team and disaster rescue dogs conduct search and rescue operations, and doctors and nurses will provide medical care to those in need. Additional needs assessment will be done in new areas sustaining damages as these areas are identified.

In addition to providing relief items and medical care to those in need of emergency relief, PWJ will also be providing support to evacuation shelters in their preventative efforts against the spread of COVID-19. Following the guidelines for coronavirus infection prevention during a disaster, we will be carefully implementing our relief activities. Please look forward to our regular updates on this response as well.

Torrential Rain in Kyushu: Information gathering in progress (Japan Meteorological Agency issues special heavy rain warning for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures)
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2020/07/041140.html

Torrential Rain in Kyushu: Information gathering in progress

4th July 2020 12:08

At 4:50 a.m. today on 4 July, special heavy rain warning was issued for some areas in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures, both in the Kyushu region. The warning issued was at Level 5, which requires the highest level of alert, and flooding is occurring in the lower basin of Kuma River, a Class A river (which is a designation for rivers considered important to the economy and environmental conservation).

Mudslide warning has been issued for many areas around Japan. Japan Platform (JPF) is currently gathering information on this ongoing disaster.

Torrential Rain in Kyushu: Information gathering in progress (Japan Meteorological Agency issues special heavy rain warning for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures)
https://www.japanplatform.org/info/2020/07/041140.html

●9 July 2020 (Press Release)

Japan Platform (JPF; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) - an emergency humanitarian aid organization established in equal partnership among the NGOs, the Japanese government, and the business community - decided to launch the emergency response to assist people affected by the floods in Kyushu and around the country. The floods were a result of the heavy rain that started on 3 July, and they have caused serious damages.
At this time, we have also begun to call for donations. We thank you in advance for your support.

<Overview>

  • In the early morning of 4 July, Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special heavy rain warning for Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures. The lower basin of the Kuma River in Kumamoto flooded, and a wide area in the prefecture and around the Kyushu region have suffered serious damages due to the flooding of rivers and landslides. Over 60 people have died and are missing as a result*. Damages from the torrential rain are also seen in Gifu and Nagano prefectures, outside of Kyushu, and as more assessment is done, we expect a significant increase in the number of evacuees and needs for assistance in areas affected.
  • At JPF, our member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) began its emergency initial assessment for emergency relief provision on 4 July. On 9 July, another member NGO Humanitarian Medical Assistance (HuMA) decided to conduct its emergency initial assessment as well. Additionally, throughout the days following the floods, we have been working with various local relief organizations as well as the Kumamoto Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (KVOAD), the Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD), and others as we shared information to ascertain what kinds of assistance would be possible for the people in need and the local people affected by the floods and landslides, as this has become the first disaster for Japan under the influence of the new coronavirus.

Based on assessment results and the local conditions, JPF will carefully deliver our assistance in partnership with our member NGOs as we take thorough preventative measures against COVID-19 infections, with the general rule of relief activities implemented via local organizations. We will be posting regular updates on this response on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

*NHK WEB News (9 July 2020, 12:14)

Program Overview

*Program term and budget will be revised as needed to reflect the continuously changing conditions and needs.

Term 9 July 2020 - (3 months, Initial Response Period)
Budget 30 million yen (private funds)
Locations Areas in Japan affected by the torrential rain that has continued since 3 July 2020

Program Policies (9 July 2020)

To thoroughly prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have established the following conditions for activities within this response program:

  • As a general principle, our member NGOs will not have direct physical presence in the areas affected by this disaster. Instead, aid activities will be provided through organizations that are based in respective local areas. Our member NGOs would have direct physical presence in a given affected area only if they had a physical activity base established since before this disaster, and if they already had experience implementing activities that are rooted in that local community.
  • Our assistance will be delivered in response to requests from the local communities.
  • Thorough preventative measures will be taken upon relief provision.

Provided that the above conditions are all met, if there is need for our member NGO to have their personnel physically present in the affected area, the number of staff will be kept to a minimum and thorough infection prevention measures will be taken by all. Additionally, activities will be implemented carefully following the guidelines* set forth by JVOAD.

*Disaster Response Guildelines for Volunteers and NPOs in the Age of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Donations for the Emergency Response to July 2020 Floods

Donations are accepted between 9 July 2020 and 9 October 2020.
*Duration subject to change based on local conditions.

Domestic Remittance

Name of bank
ゆうちょ銀行(Japan Post Bank)
Code and account number
00120-8-140888
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)

*When making a donation through Japan Post, please write "July 2020 Floods" in the memo column.

Name of bank
三菱UFJ銀行(MUFG Bank, Ltd)
Branch
本店(Head Office)
Type of account
普通(Saving)
Account number
0153375
Name of account holder
特定非営利活動法人ジャパン・プラットフォーム
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)

International Remittance

Account name
TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)
Bank name
MUFG Bank, Ltd
Branch
Head Office
Bank Address
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
Swift code
BOTKJPJT
Account
Saving
Account No.
0153375