On 29 September 2018, AMDA completed its relief activities in the town of Atsumacho in Hokkaido which was devastated by the quake-triggered landslide at the beginning of the month. AMDA’s relief personnel worked in Atsuma Chuo Elementary School and other evacuation shelters in the area to provide a range of relief activities which include health monitoring, hygiene maintenance and provision of meals. Each effort was made possible thanks to the earnest support from the local municipal governments, the regional medical relief headquarters and other concerned parties.
Trami, the 24th typhoon of the year, has caused severe damage in many parts of Japan, leaving casualties and disrupting transport and energy.
It is the latest in a series of weather disasters to hit the country after devastating floods, a deadly heatwave, and the strongest typhoon in 25 years (Jebi). The 25th typhoon, Kong-rey, is following Trami and approaching the southern islands of Okinawa as Trami did.
Tropical cyclone TRAMI continued north-east toward Okinawa Island (Okinawa prefecture, Japan), as a typhoon. On 28 September at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 390 km south-west of Itoman City and it had maximum sustained winds of 167 km/h.
It is forecast to pass close or over Okinawa Island on 29 September early morning UTC. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the Ryuku Islands and Kyushu and Shikoku Islands, as well as north-eastern Taiwan over 28-30 September.
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido, located in the northern part of Japan, on Thursday 6 September 2018. The tremor struck 62km (39 miles) south-east of the regional capital Sapporo in the early hours in the morning (local time).
The earthquake recorded a tremor with an intensity of 7 based on the Japanese seven-stage seismic scale, which is one of the strongest earthquakes Hokkaido island as ever experienced, leading to the cause of landslides, liquification and ripping roads apart.
(9th September report)
The AMDA Support Farmers Group* arrived by car to Sapporo City in the early hours of the morning of the 9th September after driving for more than a day. At the same time, the two AMDA coordinators entered Atsuma Town to prepare for the day’s meal provision. The two groups joined at around noon and, after consulting with a representative from the town hall, decided that they will provide meals for those evacuating at Atsuma Sports Center. Afterwards, they set up their area and began cooking 200 portions of curry.
(8th September report)
The two coordinators dispatched from AMDA Headquarters arrived at Asahikawa Airport at 3pm on 7 September, then travelled to Sapporo by car.
At 3:08am on 6 September, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the central-east area of Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido. The epicentre was in the Iburi region, roughly 50km south of Sapporo, the regional capital. As of a report from the Hokkaido government office at 11:30am, two people are confirmed to have died and over 100 people injured. Also, according to local information, 2,950,000 buildings are without power.
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.
- Tropical cyclone JEBI continued moving north-east over the North West Pacific Ocean. Its centre made landfall close to Aki city (Shikoku island, Japan) as a typhoon on 4 September before crossing eastern Shikoku and Osaka Prefecture (Honshu Island). It reached the Sea of Japan before moving away from land, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain may continue to affect central and northern Honshu Island over 5-6 September.
In its worst weather disaster in decades, Japan is dealing with massive floods and landslides in more than 11 prefectures. These are the result of torrential rain that started in early July. So far, 214 deaths have been confirmed, 19 people remain missing according to CNN, and around 5,000 people reside in evacuation centers across the prefectures.
GENEVA, 13 July 2018 – The UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today extended her condolences to the Government and people of Japan on the large loss of life suffered in recent days following rain and landslides.
Ms. Mizutori said: “I extend my deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Japan on the loss of life and severe damage to homes and other infrastructure in this tragic disaster which reveals once more the challenges of managing disaster risk in an age of frequent extreme weather events amplified by the effects of climate change.
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