Japan has been affected by a number of natural disasters in recent years. From heavy rains in Hiroshima in 2018 to typhoons and mudslides in the summer of 2022 to earthquakes, flooding, and mudslides in 2023, Peace Winds has been working on short-term emergency response as well as long-term community-building and disaster preparedness activities in the affected areas.
On July 10, 2023, emergency warnings were issued in Oita and Fukuoka Prefectures on Japan's Kyushu Island where torrential rains are causing floods and mudslides. Debris and overflowing rivers are causing damage to infrastructure such as roads and water lines, and more than 1.7 million residents were urged to take shelter.
Peace Winds is working with temporary shelters and clinics in Saga and Fukuoka Prefectures to conduct needs assessments and distribute emergency supplies such as clean water and hygiene kits. We will continue to work to provide assistance with Civic Force, our sister organization, whose office is located in one of the affected areas of Saga Prefecture.
Natural disasters are only going to continue to strike Japan, and Peace Winds knows the importance of staying prepared. Peace Winds teams in Japan also offer preparedness programs, including disaster response trainings, webinars and articles about how to best prepare, and community-centered activities where adults and children can come together to share their knowledge and experience in creative ways.