A huge swath of Western Japan was pounded by torrential rains for several days last week, causing widespread flooding, landslides, and other damage. The numbers keep rising, but as of this writing (July 10th), the death toll is over 120 and dozens are still missing. As of Monday evening, around 11,000 people were staying in evacuation centers in 15 prefectures. At one point, evacuation orders or advisories were issued for up to 6.3 million people, but the number later dropped to 1.8 million in 14 prefectures.
CRASH Japan immediately began networking with churches and other groups in affected areas to assess where and how we can help most effectively – that assessment process is still ongoing, and we are also staying out of the way of professional search-and-rescue efforts, but after that phase, we will begin relief work. Please consider supporting this large relief effort in both prayer and donations. To donate click here and write CRASH Japan in the comments section.
Thank you for your support of CRASH Japan. We are finally now giving you an update about our activities in the Kumamoto region of Japan. Sorry that we have not written before now – we started writing in each language several times, but we have all been busy dealing with the disaster response itself. The Japanese text below was written about two weeks ago, but we’ll give you more fresh information in English.
Beginning with a Magnitude 6.5 on April 14th that was merely a “fore-shock” of a magnitude 7.3 before dawn on April 16th, damage has continued to spread across a wide area as hundreds of aftershocks hit the area. Every day in Kumamoto, multiple small aftershocks can be felt. (more…)