Timely Delivery Key to Fulfill Survivors’ Needs

On Wednesday, March 30, AAR JAPAN’s Emergency Relief Team distributed food items including prepared food pouches, long-life milk, grapefruit, confectionery etc., along with underwear and paper towel body scrub at refuge centers and welfare facilities for the aged in cities of Sendai, Iwanuma and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.

Welfare Workers Convene to Assess Situation

Meanwhile, Sayako NOGIWA, a member of the Team, participated in a coordination meeting held in Morioka City, the capital of Iwate Prefecture, attended by members of Prefectural Council for Social Welfare, directors of welfare facilities for persons with disabilities, etc.  The latest information was shared on the status of persons with disabilities and the elderly in Iwate and of the relief activities that has become available to them.  A general direction of the assistance in the near future was also discussed.

Delivering Exactly What Is Needed

At Saiwai-cho Elementary School in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, 90 local residents are taking refuge, whose houses have been lost or seriously damaged.  They have received relief supplies from local administration and the neighbors.  AAR JAPAN, having been informed that the evacuees here are lacking clothes, handed out 14 boxes of T-shirts, socks, etc., with some extra towels and confectionery.
Relief items arrive at Saiwai-cho Elementary School, where many aged survivors are taking shelter (Far right, Hiromichi TANAKA of AAR JAPAN)

The Relief Team is always striving to reach survivors with the items they really need at particular moment by responding as quickly as possible to various requests or asking what survivors want at the time of delivery.

List of Destinations on March 30

Miyagino Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
-Saiwai-cho Elementary School (Refuge center, 90 survivors)

Watari Town, Miyagi Prefecture
-Nisshu-kai (Welfare facility for the aged, 220 survivors)

Futaki District, Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
-“Sasae-ai” (Welfare facility for the aged, 40 survivors)

Refuge centers and welfare facilities in Ayukawahama District, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture