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【Kyushu Heavy Rain 2020 Floods Assistance】A-PAD Japan Continues Relief Item Distributions

The record-level torrential rain that began on July 3 caused wide-spread flooding damages across Japan and over 2,000 people around Kumamoto Prefecture and the surrounding areas are still evacuated (as of July 22).

A-PAD Japan began emergency response activities on July 4. Three weeks since the disaster, A-PAD is continuing to deliver relief items regularly from the warehouse in Saga to Kumamoto, Oita, and Fukuoka prefectures.

Daily Changing Needs

Relief needs are fluid and change daily – varying levels of damage and personal factors affect them, too.

A-PAD Japan provided infection prevention items such as masks, non-contact thermometers, and disinfectants as well as underwear, towels, and bedding sets for evacuees who could not bring personal items from home. Once road repairs began and volunteers started coming in, A-PAD Japan procured tarpaulins, drinks, and other useful supplies for removing mud. At evacuation centers, the windows are open for improved ventilation and mosquito coils became essential. Currently, A-PAD Japan is leasing fans to evacuation centers to ease the summer heat.

Relief items are mostly stored at a warehouse in Saga before delivery to the affected areas. These distributions were made possible through our generous donors, corporate partners, and the Social Emergency Management Alliance (SEMA). 

As a preventive measure against COVID-19, some affected prefectures have decided not to accept volunteers from outside of their areas to aid in recovery efforts. From the outset, A-PAD Japan utilized its network in Kyushu, visited evacuation centers, and built trusting relationships with various stakeholders. During our assistance activities, A-PAD Japan follows infection prevention measures and continues responding to the changing needs of the affected people.

Emergency Relief Items

Please click on the link below to see more details about the emergency releif items A-PAD Japan has distributed so far.

"Hometown Tax" in Saga

A-PAD Japan is accepting donations to assist the affected areas.

Your support will be used to rebuild the lives of the affected people and continue providing emergency assistance.


You can donate through credit card and bank transfer on our website and Furusato Nozei ("Hometown Tax").

Please note that direct donations to A-PAD Japan is not qualified to receive deductions for "Hometown Tax." Eligible residents of Japan can receive tax deductions for their next year's residence and income taxes with Furusato Nozei.

Thank you for generous support.

A-PAD Japan's joint emergency team, ARROWS (Airborne Rescue and Relief Operations With Search) is providing emergency assistance on the ground focused on medical, search-and-rescue, and logistics.

(1) Medical Assistance

The ARROWS medical team provides a wide range of assistance including lifesaving treatments by doctors and nurses, triage, patient-transfer operations, mobile clinics at evacuation centers, improvement of evacuation center conditions, infection prevention, and control.


(2) Search-and-Rescue

The search-and-rescue (SAR) team, including SAR dogs, provides assistance during landslide disasters, search operations of missing people in stranded areas, and rescue operations using helicopters, boats, and amphibious vehicles.

(3) Logistics

Based on needs assessments on the ground, ARROWS coordinates with SEMA (Social Emergency Management Alliance) and provides emergency relief items to affected people. 50 member companies in Japan provide their services and goods through SEMA in times of disasters.