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

Partnering with Local Organization

Almost two months have passed since the deadly torrential rain on July 4 brought severe damages across Japan. The summer heat is intensifying in the affected areas around Kyushu and construction efforts are underway. Due to COVID-19, there is a critical shortage of manpower and necessary relief items.

A-PAD Japan's joint emergency assistance team, ARROWS (Airborne Rescue and Relief Operations With Search), began providing seach and rescue operations in Kumamoto Prefecture at the onset of the disaster. A-PAD Japan is now delivering relief items to evacuation centers and partner organizations in Kurume City in Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures and assisting local partners through NPO Partner Projects in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures.

As a member of ARROWS, A-PAD Japan began rescue oeprations in Kumamoto Prefecture. A-PAD Japan is currently delivering relief items to evacuation centers and partner organizations in Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka, and Saga Prefectures. Vehicles and fans are also being leased to partner organizations working in the affected areas.

For Each Victim

One of our partner organizations is NPO Liera (formerly Hichiku Volunteer Center) which provides disaster recovery assistance in Hita City, Oita Prefecture. Hita City suffered from extensive damages during the 2017 heavy rain. They began providing evacuation center management support, disaster risk reduction activities, and community development.

Liera is working in the heavily affected Amagase hot spring area and provides a matching service to connect victims with volunteers and relief items. Liera's assistance activities also include supporting a tourism recovery project launched by young people and hosting consultation workshops to discuss reconstruction efforts. Through various initiatives, Liera is serving the affected communities with mid to long term strategies.

Victims Returning to Evacuation Centers

Around 800 people evacuated to Hitoyoshi Athletic Park right after the devastating floods. Some of them returned to their flooded homes and continued cleaning up but approximately 400 people are still sleeping at the air conditioned evacuation center to avoid  the summer heat. Due to the prolonged rain and the hot weather, molds grew wide and it has become unbearable to stay overnight for many residents. 

"When the sun finally came out, we had to deal with dust. It is too hot to clean the house," said a local resident. A-PAD Japan's relief items such as tea and jellos have been well received by the affected people. Dust masks have become essential items to clean the flooded homes.

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.

A-PAD Japan Working with the Kyushu Heavy Rain Assistance Consortium

Many relief items were provided by the Kyushu Heavy Rain Disaster Assistance Consortium comprising of 12 companies based in Kyushu and SEMA (Social Emergency Management Alliance)

Please see more details here.

A-PAD Japan Working with the Kyushu Heavy Rain Assistance Consortium

Donate through Furusato Nozei ("Hometown Tax ")

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.