Saturday, July 30, 2011

Flood relief supplies dispatched to Niigata by Ishinomaki Disaster Recovery Assistance Council and Peace Boat

(Peace Boat and IDRAC volunteers load a truck.
Photo by Peace Boat volunteer Miki Kojima

Intense rainfall, mudslides, and flooding in Niigata and Fukushima have forced over 18,000 people to flee from their homes. In the aftermath, residents of Ishinomaki, a town hard hit by the 3/11 tsunami and earthquakes have immediately come to the the aid of people in need. The Ishinomaki Disaster Relief Assistance Council along with Peace Boat have just dispatched a truck full of wheelbarrows, shovels, and other relief items to Niigata. Another truck loaded with food and beverages will depart tomorrow morning from the Senshu University, the headquarters of Peace Boat's relief operations in Ishinomaki.

The government is urging 40,000 people evacuate, and one person has already lost their life to the flooding. The same weather system took the lives of 59 people in South Korea earlier this week.

Masaki Narita (left) and Mari Katsui (right) of IDRAC organized the delivery of supplies to Niigata

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