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Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support

By Midori Tasaka, Japanese Red Cross Society

As Typhoon Neoguri pushed through Japan’s main island, passing Tokyo, the powerful storm provided a key test for early warning systems, upgraded since the 2011 tsunami, and measures put in place by the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the most vulnerable.

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Typhoon Neoguri in Moonlight (as of 8 July 2014)

Typhoon Neoguri pounded Okinawa and other Western Pacific islands with torrential rain and damaging winds in mid-July 2014, en route to a likely landfall in Japan. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime image of the storm at 2:07 a.m. Japan Standard Time on July 9, 2014 (17:07 Universal Time on July 8). At the time, Neoguri was a category 2 typhoon moving through the East China Sea.

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Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland

TOKYO, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.

The storm, which has left several people dead and a string of damage in its wake, caused havoc in many small communities as residents struggled to keep waves of dirty water from destroying their homes.

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Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

07/09/2014 10:05 GMT

by Miwa SUZUKI

TOKYO, July 9, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri bore down on the Japanese mainland Wednesday after slamming into the southern Okinawa island chain, killing two people in the country and leaving a trail of damage in its wake.

Packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu on Thursday before moving east along the Japanese archipelago, the national weather agency said.

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Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan's Okinawa islands

07/08/2014 22:39 GMT

by Miwa SUZUKI

TOKYO, July 8, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt.

The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded all severe warnings for Okinawa early Wednesday after the typhoon passed, packing gusts of up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour with torrential downpours and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1 - 7 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is headed towards Japan and the government has issued warnings and evacuation advisories. Papua New Guinea and the Philippines continue to experience heavy floods.

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7 July 2014: Japan - Tropical cyclone Neoguri

SITUATION

• NEOGURI formed on 3 July over the Pacific Ocean, south of Guam, and started moving north-west, significantly strengthening. On 7 July at 6.00 UTC, it was a very intense Typhoon (max. sust. winds of 249 km/h). Its centre was located approx. 400 km south-east of the island of Miyako and approx. 500 km south of Okinawa (Japan).

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami 36 Month Report

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Glide no. EQ-2011-000028-JPN

Period covered by this report: 11 March 2011 – 31 March 2014

1. Executive Summary:

Not a single agency alone has ever managed to respond to the scale of the disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET), which devastated the north-eastern part of Japan on 11 March 2011.

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami Operations Update n° 15

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Period covered by this report: 1 January 2014 – 31 March 2014

Highlights:

  • The budget of the JRCS relief and recovery programme stands at JPY 60 billion of which 78.1 per cent (JPY 46.9 billion) has been spent by the end of March 2014.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Japan 03-June-2014

Food Security Snapshot

  • The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest forecast to decline slightly but still above average
  • Cereal imports of the 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels
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Supporting Disaster Survivors with Disabilities in Japan

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In 2013, the newly rebuilt Hachimaida workshop for people with disabilities in Shiroishi, Japan reopened – providing a vital service to disaster survivors in the community. The workshop, which was destroyed by the March 2011 earthquake was rebuilt with the support of AmeriCares, our partner, The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR Japan) and the umbrella organization that runs the facility, Shiroishi Youkouen.

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Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters

05/24/2014 04:35 GMT

TOKYO, May 24, 2014 (AFP) - Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests.

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made in reconstruction, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

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