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Information on Food, Water and Shelter locations as well as other non-food items (ie ice, tarps, etc) being offered by aid providers inside the affected zones.

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Friday, April 1, 2011 UN OCHA Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Sitrep #16


The construction of temporary shelters is continuing in the affected prefectures. Some prefectures have revised their plans upwards in order to respond to the needs. Iwate Prefecture announced that they are increasing the number of temporary shelters from 8,800 to 18,000, which will cover 40,000 to 50,000 people.

Miyagi Prefecture which is requesting 10,000 houses be built has announced that construction of 1,195 shelters will start on the 5 April in 11 towns and cities. Currently, construction is underway for 1,207 shelters.

The challenge is to find suitable land to construct the houses, as the coastal area of Tohoku is mountainous and it is difficult to find flat land. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation says that only 8

percent of the land needed for the construction has been secured so far. The plan is to have 30,000 temporary shelters built by mid May. According to the National Policy Agency 70,409 families are living in evacuation centres.

In order to allow evacuees to have better access to basic services while waiting for the temporary shelters, the Government is trying to find available public/government housing which can accommodate evacuee families. 42,145 public/government housings units across 47 prefectures are available for displaced families.

In Tokyo prefecture, 600 families have been allocated vacant public housing units yesterday, free of charge, for a period of 6 months.

Starting in May 2011, the Government will provide $10,000 (1 million JPY) to each family who lost their homes. Movements from evacuation centres to temporary shelters will soon intensify, and financial support to families will be indispensable.


Access to water has been restored to more than 1.9 million households over the past three weeks and the priority is to regain access for the remaining 260,000 households (or 10 per cent who have been affected),

according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. More than 400 water supply companies across the country have now established emergency water supply systems to provide water trucking service to the affected prefectures. 189 water supply vehicles are operating in Miyagi, 84 in Iwate and 35 in Fukushima.

The Ministry has secured 520 vehicles in total and has maintained the deployment of about 320 vehicles.

Assessments have revealed that additional sewage systems in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima are not functioning or have been damaged, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

In Miyagi, there are 66 facilities that are not functioning or damaged, 18 in Iwate and 14 in Fukushima. More than 2,405 professionals from the Ministry, prefectural governments and various sewage associations have been deployed to the affected areas and 210 professionals are currently on the ground to help repair the sewage systems.

More than 5.5 million bottles of water have been delivered to evacuation centres and hospitals, according to the Emergency Disaster Response Headquarters reports. This is more than twice of what was delivered within one week after the disaster. Another 1 million bottles are in transit or being distributed. Meanwhile, a lack of clean water for evacuees’ personal hygiene is posing public health risks in some evacuation centres. Media reports that the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital found that sanitation and hygiene environment is deteriorating in 30 per cent of the 314 evacuation centres that they have assessed in Ishinomaki, Higashi-Matsushima and Onagawa in Migyai. Excreta disposal is a particular challenge. The local social welfare office is conducting a training on drainage work and maintenance of toilets.

Ministries such as the Ministry of Defense have provided bathing services to 1.2 million people so far. For evacuees not being able to wash regularly or change their clothes is a particular hardship.

  1. March 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Police say 60,000 – 70,000 people in Sendai have been evacuated to shelters

  2. March 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    • The Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross have a website at (In English, but soon to be available in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese)

  3. March 14, 2011 at 1:58 am

    American Seahawk helicopters delivered thousands of pounds of rice and bread to people in the worst-hit areas as the Pentagon’s Operation Tomodachi – Japanese for “friendship” – got underway

  4. March 14, 2011 at 2:00 am

    As many as two million people had no water or power, with those in the north facing freezing conditions.

  5. March 14, 2011 at 2:48 am

    MINAMI-SANRIKU Miyagi Prefecture, Iwabuchi said he thought 9,000 people had found refuge from the catastrophe, including 3,000 people at Shizugawa elementary school, which is located on higher land, and 1,000 people at a local sports center that has been set up as an emergency center. Rescuers had been trying without success to find the 9,000 missing people by radio and other means. “Many shelters are isolated and have no access to information,” he said. “The shortage of food is very serious. Please report quickly on the devastation here.”

  6. March 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    Peace Winds distributes food, shelter materials to survivors in Kesennuma
    Three staff members from our partner, Peace Winds, distributed food and materials to earthquake survivors in Kesennuma City on Monday.

    Here are some of the items they delivered via helicopter from Tokyo:

    •Balloon shelters
    •Emergency tents
    •Cooking fuel
    •Pregelatinized rice
    The team reports that heavy winds make it difficult to set up the balloon shelters, each of which hold 100 people.

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  7. March 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    We’d like to send clothes and everyday hygenie items. Would this be possible to send it to the OR address and for you to send it to Japan?
    Or do you have a direct address in Japan?


  8. March 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Mar 17 Radio Australia International Red Cross: McSkimming – 340K in Shelters in #Japan #hmrd

    Reporter: Liam Cochrane
    Donna McSkimming, head of international programs, Red Cross
    Listen: Windows Media
    McSKIMMING: We’re in an area that was quite safe from the tsunami, but what we can see now is probably about six inches of snow and it’s very, very cold at the moment. So we’re quite concerned for those who may not have adequate shelter, fuel and also the very freezing temperatures mean that yesterday in one of the Japanese Red Cross health clinics we were advised and seeing people who were reporting in with upper respiratory infections, types of illness that comes from exposure, not being warm and most people around about us still on routine of one meal a day as supplies start to come through.

    COCHRANE: And what are people doing to try to deal with this cold weather?

    McSKIMMING: Well, basically trying to keep warm, so there’s a lot of people still in the evacuation centres, although less than there was a couple of days ago. We’ve gone down from 500,000 in the evacuation centres to 340,000. We’ve started to be able to move people out of the area and of course other friends, families and relatives are taking in people who have lost their homes following the earthquake and tsunami.

    COCHRANE: Does it look like there will have to be a localised rebuilding process, whereby there are tent cities, refugee camps, that kind of thing or will people probably in the next days and weeks to come find shelter and accommodation with family and friends elsewhere in the country?

    McSKIMMING: I think it will be a combination of both. Some people don’t want to leave their homes and the area that they grew up in and currently live in and there is some reluctance just because of the cold and the weather to rely on tents. At the moment, there are some public infrastructure buildings standing and it is the practice in Japan to open up schools, the equivalent of town halls, sometimes which are quite large buildings, so that people just feel more secure with a roof and walls around them.

  9. March 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    an initial consignment of ShelterBoxes has arrived in Tokyo after flying from London Heathrow in the UK. Hundreds more are expected to follow in the coming days with thousands more on standby should they be needed.

    In the last 48 hours, ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Mark Pearson (UK) and Lasse Petersen (AU) have been working in and around Sendai, the closest city to the earthquake’s epicentre. While there they visited one of many schools which are being used to shelter people who have been displaced. They say that many of these emergency centres have already become overcrowded and people are having to be turned away from them.

  10. March 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Need help to find my cousin name Josephine Lao Sato,live in Miyagi Ken Motoyoshi Gun Minami san Riko cho shizugawa aza hiraiso 154,and her husband name Kukichi Sato,and daugther name Kana Sato,and Father in law name Kushi Sato and Mtoher in law Wakako Sato,any kind imformation we want to know or any some of Filipino we can get any news about her please help us were really worried about and espicially her parents waiting any kind of imformation,i send to any kind of website and i call in miyagi rescue tel.0222212000 hot line,they said they gonna call me but until now i didnt get any call from anybody..please any kind of help we just know what really happened to her,hope to understand our feelings hoping for consideration to Filipino her in Japan,coz ill keep watching news everyday never that i heard any news about filipinos,i know that lot of Filipino lives in Miyagi ken…thank you very much..and this is my contact no.09086064956

  11. March 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Pg. 2 on the web – May not be new info. Takada Center

    “This week, Japan’s Self Defense Force soldiers offered a much-coveted new service: two hot tubs for men and women, holding 25 bathers at a time, at a nearby elementary school that also houses evacuees. Now the Takada center offers daily shuttle buses to the tubs, which sit side by side in steam-saturated tents outside the school entrance.

    The orderliness extends to the residents, who have assembled the detritus of two weeks on a gym floor — donated clothes, blankets, folding chairs — into neat barriers that provide a modicum of privacy from the neighbors. The gym floor is carved into neighborhoods, each with a representative who carries grievances to higher-ups.”

  1. March 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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