Due to the decline in emergency medical needs at AMDA’s activity base (Hirayasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, AMDA’s medical assistance is entering the secondary stage where acupuncturists, care workers and physiotherapists are playing an active role in taking care of the evacuees. The most notable and unique attempt is a collaborative mobile clinic conducted by the team of medical personnel with different specialties.
(2) Japanese Red Cross Society Disaster Medical Co-ordinate Team
The Japanese Red Cross Society has dispatched the Japanese Red Cross Society Disaster Medical Co-ordinate Team to the disaster affected zone. The team is a group of professional, who plans and coordinates an emergency medical relief operation, and gives advice to the relevant relief actors and organisations.
Yokohama – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing logistics support to Kumamoto prefecture in south-western Japan as local authorities come to the aid of those affected by strong earthquakes on 14 and 16 April.
The magnitude-6.5 foreshock at 9:26 p.m. on April 14 and the magnitude-7.3 main shock at 1:25 a.m. on April 16 have caused great damages in Kumamoto Prefecture as well as in neighboring Oita Prefecture. Even though there are fewer aftershocks now, the surviving residents are still spending sleepless nights in uncertainty.
Conditions as of April 30
AMDA team has been working at both Hirayasu Elementary School in Mashiki-cho (the initial activity hub) as well as the temporary healthcare room set up on April 27th at Mashiki-cho Athletic Complex Park’s tent village. At the healthcare room, the team holds blood pressure check and other health guidance while going around the tents to take care of patients with heart diseases and diabetes. On April 29th alone, seven people visited the healthcare room.
The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) offered to provide relief goods in response to the recent Kumamoto Earthquake. Following coordination between the Government of Japan and the Government of the ROK, two ROK military transport aircraft landed at Kumamoto Airport in the afternoon of April 22, providing retort pouch rice, water and other relief goods (equivalent of approx. US$100,000).
As of April 27th, there are two doctors and five nurses working at AMDA’s activity base, a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, Kumamoto, the hardest-hit disaster site.
The number of patients has decreased to 35 which was the first time to reach the 30s since the relief has started. While acute respiratory infections have shown a drastic decline (eight), stress-related symptoms have gotten to be the most prevalent. The patients with headaches, insomnia and body aches are expected to increase in coming days due to prolonged evacuation life.
Some of the local shops, clinics and pharmacies around AMDA’s activity base (Hirayasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho have resumed business as usual. On April 25th, the total number of patients at AMDA’s temporary clinic was 41: acute respiratory infections counted the most (15), followed by stress-related symptoms (10).
April 26th, 2016
AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin #3: Kumamoto Earthquake (Japan)
11 days have passed since AMDA started providing medical assistance at a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, Kumamoto, the hardest-hit disaster site.
Interview with Dr. Sonoko Sidehara, project coordinator for Kumamoto Quake emergency response
Following the 6.5 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes which struck Kumamoto Prefecture on 14 and 16 April, an estimated 60,000 people remain in more than 600 evacuation centres. With the resumption of basic services, the number of the evacuees has decreased from 112,100 people last week. The Government has secured apartment units for 8,350 households as temporary accommodation. On 22 April, the Republic of Korea delivered food, bottled water and blankets, by sending two military aircraft to Kumamoto Airport.
By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC
Mr Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Japanese Red Cross Society, arrived in Kumamoto yesterday for a two-day visit. The prefecture was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on 14 April, followed by another 7.3 magnitude tremor on 16 April. 48 people died in the disaster, at least 800 were injured, and more than 120,000 people were forced to evacuate from their homes.
Even though it is more than a week ago that Kumamoto was first struck by the large earthquakes on 14 and 16 April, there are still more than 80,000 people staying at some 700 evacuation centers in and around Kumamoto. Many of the evacuees have their houses destroyed by the earthquakes, others are too afraid to return home as large aftershocks continue, and still others prefer to stay at evacuation centers since their houses lack vital life lines (water and gas) due to the damage done by the earthquakes.
By Capt. Jennifer Giles, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit | April 22, 2016
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the fourth day of disaster relief flight operations in support of Joint Task Force Chinzei, led by the Japan Self Defense Force, after the island of Kyushu was hit by a series of earthquakes.
Red Cross emergency medical teams are still providing medical services to people living in evacuation centres in the small town of Mashiki in Kumamoto which was badly affected by the two earthquakes that struck the prefecture on 14 and 16 April.
Twenty of the 45 deaths caused by the disaster were in Mashiki, and thousands of evacuees are still unable to return to their homes.
Since April 20th, AMDA has been fully in charge of running a mobile medical clinic at a local elementary school (Hiroyasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, Kumamoto.
AMDA’s third and fourth medical teams which arrived that day from Soja, Okayama have joined the ground team accordingly.
In response to the earthquakes that rocked Kumamoto prefecture on April 14, Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan) dispatched the emergency response team currently consisting of 6 members, Ben Kato (a board member); Go Igarashi; Kazuya Omuro; Shinichiro Ohara; Masaru Miki; and Yuta Funakoshi. The emergency response team is operating soup kitchens, delivering aid, and conducting needs assessment.
It has been almost a week since the earthquakes, but the ground still shakes now and then in Kumamoto and Oita prefecture, Japan. As of 20 April, the number of people displaced sits at around 103,000 in Kumamoto and around 600 in Oita. It is estimated that to-date 58 people have died and around 1,100 people have been injured in the two prefectures; the authorities are still searching for those unaccounted for. Due to heavy rains on the 21 April and the subsequent risk of landslides, some 240,000 people have been advised to evacuate 19 cities, towns and villages in Kumamoto and Oita.