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East Asia Appeal No. MAA54001 Mid-Year Report 2011

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This report covers the period from 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011

In brief Programmes summary:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. IFRC has programmes that support the National Societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Japan earthquake On 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The consequences of the earthquake and tsunami in terms of deaths, injuries, economic and environmental damage are still being calculated.

As of 23 June, the number of confirmed deaths was 15,482, with 7,427 people missing or unaccounted for, down from 9,093 reported on 23 May. Up to 75,215 persons displaced by the disaster remained in evacuation centres and other temporary housing within the three worst affected prefectures - Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate.

Within five hours of the disaster, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) dispatched 19 medical teams to the affected prefectures and set up its operations centre. The JRCS network of 92 Red Cross hospitals provided sites to receive patients and deployed their mobile health teams. Psychosocial support was provided by trained staff within the evacuation centres, and a family links website was established, with relief supplies quickly dispatched to affected communities.

With support from IFRC, sister national societies and other partners, JRCS continues to work on the relief and recovery operation including distribution of emergency relief supplies, emergency medical services and psychosocial support, rehabilitation of health infrastructure and improving the living conditions of affected people in evacuation centres and transitional shelters.