Joint Mission with Soja City for the Victims of Heavy Rain in Yamaguchi and Shimane, Japan
Japan has been experiencing heavy rainfall at a very unusual time this year. Usually, on mainland Japan, the rainy season starts around late May and ends in early July, but this year, the rain has been persistent, and causing natural disasters in different parts of Japan.
Yamaguchi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Tsuwano-cho in Shimane Prefecture are two of the hardest-hit areas in western Japan.
To respond to the request from Soja City in Okayama Prefecture for a joint relief mission, we dispatched a project officer to the disaster site. AMDA concluded an MOU with Soja City in 2009.
Since Soja City has a Disaster Cooperation Agreement with Yamaguchi City and an established relationship with Tsuwano-cho through National Municipality Council for Maintaining Landmarks, this joint relief mission was made possible.
AMDA's project officer handed over oral rehydration solution (ORS), body wipes, under wears, T-shirts, medicines and so on to the city official of Yamaguchi City Ato District and the Tsuwano-cho official. After receiving the relief supplies, officials said, "Thank you for coming to deliver the supplies. We will always remember your kindness."
According to an official from Ato District, as of July 30th, there are still 4 evacuation centers in the area with 77 evacuees. Water supply in 5 out of 8 areas in the district has stopped since earlier this week, and the Yamaguchi City is currently working for reestablishment.