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The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake - Situation Report 14

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I. Overview

  • 137,600 evacuees still in shelter
  • 22,000 from Fukushima staying outside of the Prefecture
  • as schools resumes, evacuees move to other shelters

With the massive earthquake and the following tsunamis happened on 11 March 2011 (14:46 JST), the death toll is still raising and reached 13,895 today. The killed and missing are expected to exceed 27,000, and after one month from the disaster, 13,864 people are missing.

There are 137,600 evacuees still staying in evacuation shelters today. Nearly 10,000 evacuation shelters are in operation in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. 22,000 people from Fukushima are taking refuge in nearby Prefectures. Those who staying away from the periphery of the Nuclear Power Plant will only be able to return to their home at least 6 months later, according to the government.

In Kamaishi city, Iwate Prefecture, schools will resume from 19 April. Those who were staying at schools moved to other evacuation shelter prepared by the city. Many other will do the same in other shelters as schools resume in coming days.

The relief operations gearing up as logistics situation improves. Collaboration among operating partners have started. There are a few web-based information sharing systems launched recently.
One is to show active organizations on the map and their activities and need for volunteers, launched by Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan (http://www.jpn-civil.net/). The other was launched in Minamisanriku by volunteers which shows relief items that are in short (http://earth-1.org/).

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.

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

Please refer to our latest in-depth situation report by Prefecture at our website: http://seedsasia.org/eng/projects-japan.html