City of Soja and AMDA Joint Emergency Relief Mission for the Victims of Kumamoto Earthquake
Responding to the Kumamoto Earthquake, City of Soja and AMDA joint emergency relief team left Okayama on April 15th. At 6 pm on the same day, the team had met with a doctor residing in Fukuoka. After purchasing more supplies for the victims, the team had finally reached the evacuation shelter, Hiroyasu Elementary School in Mashiki-machi, Kumamoto.
AMDA staff and director of GPSP Support Bureau, Ms. Tae Namba is originally from Mashiki-machi, Kumamoto. The town was severely hit with the earthquake. Hearing the news, she left Okayama immediately after. Driving throughout the night, she reached Mashiki-machi the following morning. Though Ms. Namba and her family are the victims of this earthquake, her quick and tireless action of coordinating with the local authorities had made it possible for the team to start the emergency relief activity on April 15th, the second day of the disaster. The joint team first had a brief meeting and AMDA medical team started the medical mission at Hiroyasu Elementary School evacuation shelter.
On April 16th, the joint team set out at 7 am. The team had split into two groups to work at two different evacuation shelters. One team arrived at Hiroyasu Elementary School at 8 am. The team first helped prepare meals for the evacuees, and started medical services. The other team distributed supplies at Hiroyasu Nishi Elementary School. They plan to join the other team at Hiroyasu Elementary School.
The join team will be visiting Mashiki-machi government office in the afternoon of April 16th.
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