Shelters in Japan- Need Food, Heating, Nappies

March 14, 2011 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

Four days past after the large earthquake in Tohoku region in Japan. The number of refugees has increased to 550,000 on the 14th of March. The damage on the northeast coast side is severe and all the traffic networks are shut down, neither on the land nor by the sea. 


From entire Japan is sending aid to Tohoku but this traffic problem impede. Also the number of refugees are increasing and the aid is just not enough. [/captio

From the supermarkets and Konbini stores in Japan, drinks, bread, cup noodles and prepared food which they can eat without cooking are gone. 

supply food


However, this has triggered people's anxiety. People who don't even live in Tohoku region feel threatened and rush in the supermarket to stock up their food supplies. Every day, there are huge queue of people at tills in shops with piled up baskets with dried bread, cup noodle, rice and tin food.


The media is telling them not to worry because distribution hasn't stopped. It's just because sending to Tohoku region is the priority at the moment and the shelves seem to be getting empty, but it's not like that. But people seem to be panicked.



Same thing is happening to the petro. People queue in front of the petro stations to get a drip more. Now many petro stations have limited service and give commercial vehicles priority.

Under extreme situation, the most important thing is to stay calm and pay attention to the announcement. Because there are many false informations that delude people in a chaotic situation.



Here in Sendai, too. People are diving into supermarkets first in the morning to stock up their food supply. Well, this is in Sendai and is understandable.

In shelters there is shortage of food especially, besides food, they need heating system, toiletpaper, medicines and nappies. Gasoline is essential for generators to give them light and warmth.

no heating


The supplies are on the way but it's slow. There are many older people in those area and they are weak.

Japanese government has decided to accept the offer from China, that they will send blankets. I don't really understand why they have to consider whether they could accept them or not, but I guess this is a political matter…

91 countries are sending their specialist, rescue teams and aids. Even New Zealand who is still recovering from their own disaster also send a rescue team to Japan.




Many volunteers have already made a muve.

This is a volunteer group from Kanazawa prefecture. Providing warm food to refugees. Even a bowl of rice or a cup of miso soup, it is enough to warm them up and to give them a little strength.


supply raamen


A food company, Nisshin has announced on the 13th that they will distribute a million cup noodles to the refugees in Tohoku region.

Besides, a tent maker has sent three 10ton trucks of tents to the north. The tents they provide are huge, 2,000 square metres made with strong materials and can accommodate 2,000 people in each tent.

Now the most important resorces at the moment is food and fuel. In Sendai, 320,000 people are in shelters and a million meals are needed a day. Japanese government has promised to contribute about 302 billion yen (about $3.7 billion) for the aid for this earthquake. 

According to the emergency disaster control, 55,0142 foods including bread, rice balls and cup noodle and 11,8912 bottles of drinks have been sent to the stricken area in the morning of the 14th. To the isolated area, the aids are dropped by helicopter. However 2,130,000 meals and 940,000 bottles of drinks are requested from the shelters. The shortage of the aids is severe.    

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