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2020.07.07ニュース

【Kyushu Heavy Rain 2020 Floods Assistance】A-PAD Delivers Emergency Relief Items to Evacuation Center

On July 6, A-PAD Japan's joint emergency assistance team, ARROWS (Airborne Rescue and Relief Operations With Search), distributed masks at an evacuation center set up in Kuma Athletic Park and assisted a new evacuation center installation in a nearby middle school.

Evacuation Center Management Tailored to COVID-19 Prevention

The evacuation center in Kuma Athletic Park was an outdoor space with only a roof and vinyl floor sheets as pictured below. The area was crowded with over 200 evacuees of which some were rescued by helicopters. The evacuees had no access to running water or electricity, not to mention a lack of adequate COVID-19 prevention measures.
On July 5, upon the recommendation of ARROWS' project leader, Dr. Inaba, ARROWS and local municipalities arranged to move the evacuees to two new evacuation centers. "We must move the evacuees to a better environment in which we can ensure COVID-19 prevention measures and the well-being of the evacuees," said Dr. Inaba.
Evacuation Center Management Tailored to COVID-19 Prevention

Emergency Relief Items Delivered to New Evacuation Centers

ARROWS' nurses and doctors from TMAT, a partner organization, worked together to set up an evacuation center at Hitoyoshi First Middle School. The team emphasized COVID-19 prevention measures during planning. On July 6, most of the evacuees from Kuma Athletic Park moved to Hitoyoshi First Middle School and another evacuation center at Taragi High School.
A-PAD Japan dispatched another round of emergency relief items from Saga. The items included tents, underwear, water containers, and water. In the afternoon of July 6, the relief items were delivered to Hitoyoshi First Middle School and distributed to the evacuees immediately. ARROWS set up a dedicated space for evacuees with pets.
Emergency Relief Items Delivered to New Evacuation Centers

A-PAD Japan Featured in The Saga Shimbun

A-PAD Japan's assistance activities were featured in The Saga Shimbun.

How You Can Help

A-PAD Japan's assistance activities were supported by your generous support.
- Donate online
- Donate through Furusato Nozei ("Hometown Tax")
Eligible residents of Japan can receive tax deductions for their next year's residence and income taxes.
 
Your generous support will be used to assist medical facilities and evacuation centers.

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