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The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake - Situation Report 13

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I. Overview

  • 150,000 evacuees still in shelter

  • 430,000 households out of gas in affected area

  • first move to temporary shelter started, government to build 70,000 units by Aug

  • Japanese NGOs on the ground increasing, gap-filling by city/town and sector urgent

With the massive earthquake and the following tsunamis happened on 11 March 2011 (14:46 JST), the death toll is still raising and reached 13,013 today. The casualties and missing are expected to exceed 27,000, and after one month from the disaster, more than 14,000 are missing. According to the Ministry of Health, 82 children became orphaned in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

There are 150,000 evacuees still staying in evacuation shelters today. People near Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants continue evacuating to surrounding Prefectures and it is expected that the number will continue to increase. After a huge aftershock on 7 April, more than 430,000 households are out of electricity in the affected area.

First move to newly build temporary shelters started over the weekend (36 units in Rikuzen Takata, Iwate). Prime Minister Kan indicated plans to build total of 70,000 units in the affected area. Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to build 30,000 units by mid May and other 30,000 units by mid August. Lack of land and building material is delaying the process.

This report will further include the following information: 1) Situation by Affected Prefectures, 2) Relief Operation by Japanese Humanitarian NGOs, 3)Active Japanese Humanitarian Organizations, 4) Relief Operation by Japanese Humanitarian Organizations in Major Affected Cities, and 5) Relief Supply Needs.

As part of our response to the Tohoku earthquake, SEEDS Asia is supporting the affected communities by compiling humanitarian information on the ground in the affected area to be disseminated to the greater humanitarian community. After 3 weeks since the disaster, needs of the affected community have been shifting. Three experts from SEEDS Asia left for the affected Tohoku area today to understand situation in less supported areas, collaboration of municipalities and NGOs, rehabilitation of livelihood and Disaster Risk Reduction practice in order to reformulate our support plan to best suit the needs of the affected.(under JPF fund)