"Working Toward Farming in Spring" - Letter from the Mayor of Obuse-machi
By Miho Shinkai - Coordinator
Letter from mayor
As part of emergency assistance activities for Typhoon No.19 (Hagibis), Civic Force has been leasing five pressure washers free of charge to the disaster volunteer center at the Obuse-machi Social Welfare Council in Nagano since October 19, 2019. Obuse-machi is known for their famous chestnuts and many tourists visit the town this time of year to enjoy this snack. However, the number of tourists have decreased drastically this season due to the disasters. In the midst of this recovery period, Civic Force received a letter from the Mayor of Obuse-machi. A section of the letter is extracted below:
"Typhoon No.19 on October 12-13 that hit Japan brought immense damage to our town. The flooding damage was wide-spread across 130 buildings, the Chikuma River bank, 130 hectares of farmland, and public facilities including a drainage station.
I would like to send my sincere gratitude for the tremendous in-kind support and well-wishes from people in and outside of Obuse-machi including Civic Force. While nine households are still living in temporary housing, families whose homes were flooded are now working toward reconstruction in spring. Thanks to the volunteers, the debris has been mostly removed. Thank you very much.
However, rehabilitation of the damaged farmland has just begun. While many well-wishers have been helping us to remove mud, I would like to ask for your continuing support as we aim to recover by the farming season in spring."
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