There are evacuation centers in Minamisanriku that were only able to get one day's worth of relief supplies every three days. Civic Force staff encountered a small-scale evacuation center while pounding the pavement in search of places that were not receiving relief. When we delivered some vital food products and daily necessities, a fisherman in his 60s looked at the supplies, and his eyes fell on cans of tuna. In tears, the man said, "I'm glad I've made it this far."
Local people have been worried about the lack of medical facilities since 2011. More than 90,000 people are taking refuge, and the percentage of those moving into emergency temporary housing is on the order of 40%. Still, the water outage continues at close to 60,000 households, and the removal of rubble remains approximately steady; also, the process will be continuing for a long time.
Civic Force is supporting an All-Round Helicopter, which is working to transport patients from the affected areas to surrounding health care facilities. At the Civic Force, there is a plan for forward movements for the restoration and rebuilding and to continue proactively supporting the affected areas. In regards to the lifestyle rebuilding of people in the affected areas, we will continue to support the removal of phenomenon that have become a barrier.
By supporting All-Round Helicopter, we hope that the local people will be able to have more access to medical facilities which have been a problem since 2011. We will be engaged in the relocation project from the early planning stages to develop sustainable communities. By maintaining local communities as well as integrating novel aspects such as aging, environment and energy policies to the relocation plan, we believe we could contribute to develop better local communities.