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Kyushu Heavy Rain Disaster (Japan) - 1

Publication date:2017-07-07


In response to the heavy rain that struck the Kyushu region in the southwest Japan, on 06 July AMDA dispatched an emergency relief team to Asakura City in Fukuoka Prefecture.

The downpours continued from 05 July have wreaked havoc in Fukuoka, Oita, Kumamoto and other neighboring prefectures in the Kyushu region where more than 390,000 people have fled their homes to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

Across Fukuoka and Oita, seven people have died while 14 have been reported missing (as of 07 July). In the hardest-hit locations, namely, the village of Tohomura and Asakura City (Fukuoka) as well as Hita Ciy (Oita), houses have been submerged due to the river flooding. Meanwhile, landslides have swept away the residential areas and left a number of communities isolated as roads have been blocked by downed trees and mud.


On 06 July, AMDA’s relief team headed to Asakura City Office after arriving in Fukuoka to assess the current condition and needs. According to AMDA personnel, people who were rescued by a helicopter are now staying at a shelter near the city office. Trauma care might be needed as some of the evacuees, including children, witnessed their houses getting washed away in front of their eyes.

As rain is expected to continue for a couple of more days, the ground team has been working closely with the local government to organize the disaster relief in a timely and cohesive manner.

*AMDA relief team comprises the staff from Soja City Government (Okayama), AMDA’s longtime collaborator.

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