2018 Japan Flooding Response

Give2Asia is currently mobilizing direct support to local organizations in our trusted partner network engaged in recovery efforts for the recent flooding and landslides in Western Japan. The death toll from this disaster has now exceeded 200 people, with another 2 million displaced, and over 250,000 homes without water and electricity. As of July 16, about 4,700 people are still staying in evacuation shelters. Our partners are engaged in mid- to long-term recovery efforts to support those impacted.

Give2Asiaでは平成30年7月豪雨の被災地で活動するパートナー団体へのご支援を呼びかけています。このたび西日本を襲った豪雨による水害および土砂災害によって、200人以上の方が亡くなり、約4,700人の方が避難生活を (7月16日現在)、最大25万戸が断水・停電を余儀なくされています。Give2Asiaのネットワークの一員として日本で活動する団体が、被災地での中長期的な復興支援事業を展開していきます。皆様のご支援、ご協力をよろしくお願い申し上げます。

 

  Photo from Reuters

Photo from Reuters

Situation Overview

Updated on July 13th, 2018

  • On July 5th, 2018, torrential rain began in western Japan that continued for days and led to flooding and landslides, considered the country’s worst floods in 36 years. The rains, which continued from July 5th-8th, coincided with a Category 1 tropical typhoon which exacerbated the floods.
  • As of the latest update (Kyodo News, 7/13/18), 2 million people have been displaced, over 200 people have been killed, and over 250,000 homes have lost water and electricity.
  • The floods inundated Hiroshima, Okayama, and Hyogo prefectures. Hiroshima prefecture was impacted the most.
  • At least 75,000 rescue workers have been dispatched to find missing persons. Many major roads and railways have been closed or are too flooded to operate, making it difficult to reach those in need. Other threats facing survivors are a lack of drinking water, worsened by temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Current Response & Partners

Give2Asia is working with its local partner network in Japan to assess needs. We will be providing updates to our response efforts and partners as we have new information. 

 

National Council of YMCAs in Japan

YMCA is gathering information and plans to provide recovery services that will establish provisions for impacted children. YMCA has multiple locations in Hiroshima prefecture, the most affected region, and will likely make this its geographic priority as it provides support to the local communities there.

The National Council of YMCAs of Japan is an institution which acts as a coordinator, supporter, and a delegate for all city and student YMCAs nationwide. Its role is to promote cooperation between YMCAs, to act as a contact point for YMCAs worldwide, and to advise and cultivate staff and leaders. Also, their function is to act as a coordinator for YMCAs nationwide, and as a contact point externally. These roles and functions are for registered and member YMCAs to improve their activities by sharing information. National Council of YMCAs of Japan is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs and Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, representing National Council of YMCAs of Japan.

 

The Foundation of Promoting Sound Growth of Children (FPSGC)

FPSGC is collecting funds to be able to support children that have been impacted by the disaster. FPSGC is currently still conducting its needs assessment but have noted severe damage to the Children’s Centers in Ehime, Okayama and Kyoto which will likely be a priority in their mobilization.       

FPSGC aims to support Jidoukan (local community centers for children to play, usually after school) all over Japan, which provide child-nurturing environments for their local communities. There are currently 4,613 Jidoukan in Japan, and FPSGC conducts training and seminars for staff working at Jidoukan in addition to research and public relations. They further assist with various hands-on programs in order to contribute to childrens' sound growth, both physically and mentally, and improve the quality of child welfare.


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To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 40 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding. Let us be a part of your Japan flooding response. 

For more information, contact Sheena Agarwal, Development Manager of Disaster Programs at +1 415 967 7378 or sagarwal@give2asia.org