A Torch in the Dark for Aged Survivors

On Friday, March 25, eight locations in three prefectures in the disaster-hit area were added to the AAR JAPAN’s delivery list.  The Emergency Relief Team visited Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture, Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture and Kaminoyama City in Yamagata Prefecture.

“There Still Are Problems, But Relief Goods Are Coming”

At a facility for local farmers in Ofunato City, 20 survivors are taking refuge.  The building sits on a top of a hill overlooking the town, where the great Tsunami failed to reach.  AAR JAPAN’s Relief Team provided oranges, potato chips, flashlights and batteries.  The survivors were especially happy to see a flashlight, because electricity has not returned yet in the area, immersing the entire building in total darkness at night.

“We still have many problems here. The life is stressful and some of the elderly are feeling sick. But the distribution of relief items are becoming stable, and the things we really need like medicines have started to come”, the administrator of the facility told the Team.
Shuichi ISHIBASHI of AAR JAPAN (right) hands a box of oranges to the head of the facility.

List of Destinations on March 25

Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture
-Fukushi-no-Sato Center (Welfare facility for the aged, and persons with disabilities, 340 survivors)
-Kesen Special School (Welfare facility for persons with disabilities, 200 survivors)
-Ikawa Elementary School (Refuge center, 50 survivors)
-Local Farmer Center (Refuge center, 20 survivors)
-Kura House Ofunato (Welfare facility for the aged, 30 survivors)
-Nisshu-kai (Welfare facility for the aged, 250 survivors)

Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture
-Municipal Gymnasium (Refuge center, 130 survivors)

Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture
-Hataraku Fujin no Ie (“House for Working Ladies”, 30 survivors with disabilities)