In response to the ongoing Mt. Mayon eruption in the Philippines, AMDA conducted emergency relief in Camalig, Albay Province located approximately 500km south of Manila. After arriving in the capital on 09 February, a coordinator from AMDA Headquarters joined a medical team from AMDA Philippines to move to Camalig, the city at the foot of the volcano. As they reached the locality on the 10th, they immediately launched medical relief at Cotmon National High School in which an evacuation center was set.
On 08 February 2018, AMDA Headquarters has dispatched one coordinator from Japan to the Philippines in response to Mt. Mayon volcanic eruption in Albay Province, South Luzon. The active volcano is located 500 kilometers southeast of Manila.
As of 07 February 2018, 87,452 people have fled homes and 58,069 people are now staying at evacuation shelters in 52 locations. (Source: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-NDRRMC (07 February 2018))
In response to the devastating typhoon that struck the whole island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on 22 December 2017, AMDA will be sending a team of relief personnel to Cagayan de Oro in the Province of Misamis Oriental. The torrential rain has caused the flooding of Cagayan River in the region, affecting the city located in the downstream area.
Procuring and Preparing Relief Goods
Upon arrival in Manila, AMDA nurse discussed with our local partner and found that Biliran island located in the central part of the Philippines is the most affected island from the Typhoon. Thus, AMDA in collaboration with our local partners identified affected communities in Biliran to distribute our relief goods, then procured and repacked food items (instant noodles, coffee packs, fish and meat canned food, cookies with a water bottle) for approximately 700 households in Cebu on 22nd of December.
On 16 December 2017, Typhoon Urduja, which landed on Samal, in the center of the Philippines, caused extensive damage to the area. According to the local coverage on 19 December, 41 deaths were reported. NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) said over 1,000,000 people have been affected by the disaster, and 100,000 were forced to evacuate. Also, more than 300 districts were said to be flooded with which most of them are still being submerged. Accordingly, this led the power and water supplies to get suspended in some locations.
In response to the influx of Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in the border areas of Bangladesh, AMDA Bangladesh and AMDA Headquarters have launched medical relief at Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhia district, 45 kilometers from Cox’s Bazar. Authorized by the Bangladeshi government, AMDA Bangladesh has started offering medical services after setting up a temporary clinic on October 22nd.
On the morning of 27 September 2017, AMDA-Tenrikyo joint team visited an elementary school which was used as an evacuation center in La Novena Seccion, Juchitan, in Oaxaca Province. Though the security was tightened for burglary prevention, the team was admitted to the facility after negotiating with the facility representative.
In the morning of 26th of September local time, the joint team of AMDA and Tenrikyo’s Branch office in Mexico headed to Juchitan, Oaxaca state from Mexico City. Based on the local information that diapers for both babies and adults, sanitary napkins and tarpaulins were in short, the team procured them in Salina Cruz, the closest city, in the afternoon, then moved to Juchitan in the evening.
On the morning of 24 September 2017, AMDA team comprising personnel from AMDA and Tenrikyo Mexico Office entered the state of Morelos to conduct a needs survey in four locations. Morelos is approximately 150 kilometers south of Mexico City, the capital.
The overall ground surveys revealed that much of the needs had already been fulfilled in Morelos (and Mexico City), hence, there seemed to be no need for emergency assistance.
Upon arrival at Mexico City, AMDA nurse met with a local cooperator, Tenrikyo Mexico local office and had a meeting to share the local affect from the earthquake as well as to discuss about the plan. Our local cooperator office had a little physical damage from the earthquake. Electricity supply was resumed after 2 days, however, water supply has been stopped still.
In response to the catastrophic earthquake that hit central Mexico on 19 September, AMDA has sent a nurse/coordinator to Mexico City. After arriving in the capital on 22 September, the nurse is schedule to meet up with the staff from Tenrikyo’s local office. Earlier this month, Tenrikyo’s Mexico branch had just finished working with AMDA on the disaster relief for the quake that devastated the country’s southwest.
Central Mexico was hit by a massive earthquake with a magnitude 7.1 on 19th September around 1.14pm local time. National Civil Protection reports that 226 people were killed in five states.
According to the local cooperator, they felt strong jolt at the time the quake hit in the Mexico City which is 120 km away from epicenter. Even about 6 hours after earthquake, there is a blackout in a wide range of Mexico City.
On 15 September, AMDA team successfully completed its relief work in Juchitan, Oaxaca, the hardest-hit location in Mexico’s southwest.
To support a local counterpart which had been providing food aid to evacuees, AMDA team donated milk, beans, bread, sugar, coffee, biscuits and oatmeal that were purchased locally. As for medical supplies, the team decided to leave them for a local doctor who worked with the team on the previous day.
Seven days have passed since the quake hit Mexico, AMDA team has been providing medical assistance in Juchitan, Oaxaca, the hardest-hit area.
On September 8th 2017 in Japan time, a magnitude of 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico, and its epicenter was in the Pacific. AMDA decided to dispatch a doctor and a nurse from Japan and they arrived in Mexico on September 11th local time. Upon arrival, they met a local coordinator and Tenrikyo Mexico members for sharing local information regarding the affected areas. AMDA team and two members from Tenrikyo Mexico flew to Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca which is close to Juchitan, one of the affected area after securing goods and medicine Mexico City on September 12th.
On 11 September, one doctor and one nurse/coordinator from AMDA Headquarters in Okayama, Japan, arrived in Mexico City to discuss possible relief measures with local collaborators. Upon arrival, they had a meeting with a coordinator as well as the staff from Tenrikyo’s Branch Office in Mexico.
According to a local report, Juchitan in the state of Oaxaca suffered the heaviest damage while strong sway was also felt in Mexico City at the time the quake struck. Though, there was no major damage in Mexico City as it is located 1000 km from the epicenter.
On 8th September 2017 in japan time, a massive earthquake with a magnitude 8.1 hit Mexico. The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, 1000km southeast of the capital. The states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco, the south of this country, are located closest to the earthquake’s epicenter. At least 65 people were killed and among them 45 people were killed in Oaxaca State according to President Enrique Pena Nieto as of 9th September (local time).
Immediately after hearing the news, AMDA headquarter decided to dispatch a first medical team, consisting of a doctor and a nurse to Mexico.
On 01 September 2017, AMDA’s joint relief team that departed Gaya College in Gaya, Bihar, arrived in the north of the state which has been severely affected by the flood. The team provided food supplies and daily goods to three villages in Ganga Bandh District, Samastipur. 300 families received a set of relief goods containing bread, jam, cookies, rice, sweets, as well as soap and buckets. Also among the items were candles and box matches for the ongoing power outage.
The torrential rain since the early August has caused floods and landslides in the southern part of Nepal (Terai plains) which has left substantial damage to the area. The Interior Ministry of Nepal announced that, as of 20 August, 143 people died, 30 people have been missing and 43 people were injured. While 44,683 households have been displaced, 79,812 houses were completely destroyed and over 144,000 buildings were damaged.
On 01 September 2017, AMDA will be conducting aid assistance in response to the flood disaster in the state of Bihar, North India. The joint team of relief personnel from AMDA Japan, Gaya College and local collaborators will be visiting Balha in the city of Samastipur in the north to provide food supplies and daily commodities. The staff from AMDA Japan had been coincidentally visiting Bodhgaya for a project prompted by AMDA Peace Clinic (specialized in maternal health services) based in the locality.