In December, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) begun early recovery projects to support communities affected by the flood and mudslide in August 2017 near Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. It had been over 4 months since heavy rain caused the floods and mudslide on a scale previously unseen. People living in affected communities still need to rely on support from the government or NGOs to carry on their lives.
Due to the heavy rain that occurred on 11th August, there are more than 140 deaths in Nepal plain area and more than 460,000 people have been evacuated to safer area. On September 6, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has dispatched staff and they have been preparing for emergency relief activities to help people alleviate from difficult situation.
On the 14th August, 2017 at about 6:45 am, after days of heavy rain, a massive mudslide and floods occurred in Regent community in Freetown; the nation’s capital.
The magnitude of the mudslide was unimaginable and has caused untold suffering on the lives of many people, properties worth billions of Leones were destroyed, houses were submerged and hundreds of people were buried.
At the end of July, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) successfully completed emergency relief project to the communities affected by the flood and landslides in the southwestern part of Sri Lanka.
After we completed the distribution of kitchen sets and bedding sets, PWJ staff visited and talked with beneficiaries in Dodangoda Division of Kalutara District to hear about their experiences from the flood and how they have been doing since then.
Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka about 630,000 people. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) with its local partner Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD Sri Lanka) are teamed up to provide emergency relief items in severely affected areas such as Kalutara and Ratnapura region with kitchen kits to help regain their daily lifestyles.
GPS coordinates: 36.79687 - 42.96181
Sub district: Shariya
Camp population: 16,437 [16 Feb 2017]
School-aged children: 5893
GPS coordinates: 37.0603 - 42.618683
Sub district: Batel
Camp population: 14,762 [16 Feb 2017]
School-aged children: 4,717
Last October, Hurricane Matthew made a landfall in southwestern Haiti causing catastrophic damages to the region. Houses, livelihood and schools were severely damaged. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), funding provided by Japan Platform, provided emergency shelter assistance to 2100 families distributing tarpaulins, roof materials and tools kits in South Department, one of the most affected areas.
3rd April 2017, Juba – Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) in partnership with The Health Support Organization (THESO) held a ceremony of handing over school sanitation facilities and 3 pit latrines with ventilation to Gudele West Basic School. This program was funded by the Government of Japan through Japanese Platform.
PWJ and THESO have jointly been delivering both emergency and developmental WASH services to the needy populations in Juba PoCs and to IDPs and their host community in Gumbo since 2014 as well as to people in Bor West County since 2016.
On October 4, the Hurricane Matthew landed southeastern Haiti and category 4 storm tear through southern part of the country. It was the strongest hurricane in the Caribbean since 2007 and the largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. The most destruction is in the south and southwestern Haiti, where the hurricane made a landfall destroying roads, houses, as well as farmlands and animals – very important livelihood for this region.
On August 24th at 3:30am, an earthquake with a magnitude (M) 6.2 struck central Italy. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and our partner organization Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) have dispatched joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team along with one SAR dog.
PWJ and A-PAD arrived in Turkey, where they were joined by GEA, a Turkish relief NGO, along with some of the SAR teams from Taiwan and Hong Kong will also come together with our relief effort. The team is currently gathering information about the earthquake affected areas in Italy.
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.
As numerous aftershocks continue to pose risks of further damage and prolong anxiety of those affected by the two large earthquakes that struck Kumamoto on 14 and 16 April, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) brought in two “balloon shelters,” large-size, air-inflated tents, to Mashiki Town on 17 April. Mashiki was hit by the largest jolt in the area, and there are more than 9,000 people staying at evacuation centers in the town.
Torrential rains in July/August 2015 triggered by Cyclone Komen brought devastating damages to 12 of 14 states/regions in Myanmar, leaving more than one hundred people dead, cumulatively 400,000 households displaced, 1,000,000 acres of farmland damaged due to floods and landslides.
After the emergency phase, in which Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) distributed solar lanterns in the affected villages, PWJ implemented recovery assistance in Magway Region, Ayeyarwady Region, and Kayin State during September 2015 – January 2016
End of January, 2016 – it is the hottest time of the year in Kenya. Also it is the time when butterflies come to life all at once, millions of it. During the recent visit to Kakuma Refugee Camp, where PWJ is building temporary houses for the South Sudanese refugees, we saw butterflies everywhere.
PWJ’s newest project is located in northern Gaza, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, where people and communities are still severely suffering from the 2014 Israeli-Gaza Conflict, which was started in June 2014 and lasted for 51 days. Although it’s been more than 20 months since the conflict ended, many families are finding their lives very difficult to survive.
It’s been almost two years since the internal conflict of broke out in South Sudan on December, 2013.
PWJ has been implementing relief program for the returnees in the country since 2006, however, after the internal conflict, expatriates had to be evacuated to the neighboring country, Kenya, where PWJ has been providing relief programs for IDPs remotely.
Expanding on the recent response to flood victims in Ayeyarwady Region and Kayin State, which began in September, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has commenced a new project in Magway Region to support severely affected communities in rebuilding their lives after the worst flooding the country has seen in decades.
From emergency to recovery
The floods and landslides that occurred nationwide in July and August have left 117 people dead and more than 1.6 million people displaced. With the water having begun receding in most areas, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), following the emergency distribution of solar lanterns in the flooded area early in August, is embarking on recovery assistance with the aim that the affected communities will regain normalcy as soon as possible.
Ayeyarwady Region, the hardest hit
The recent civil war in Syria has caused millions of Syrians fled to surrounding countries and became refugees. However, nearby Syrian boarder area of Iraq also became unstable and the dangerous condition worsened to result in increased number of IDPs having to migrate to the safer parts of Iraq.
In mid August, PWJ Iraqi office staff visited two IDP settled areas near Syrian and Turkish border and talked with many families so that we have better understanding of their living condition and assess their needs.