Japan — Kyushu Floods
In July 2017, heavy rains from Typhoon Nanmodal caused massive flooding and landslides on the island of Kyushu, affecting four prefectures and forcing over 386,000 people to flee their homes. Peace Winds conducted search and rescue and provided supplies to eight shelters in Asakura-City, Fukuoka. Peace Winds also took over operations at the Haki Junior High School Evacuation Center for the 161 people living in the school.
In November 2017, all evacuation centers in the Kyushu region were closed. Evacuees either have returned to their repaired homes or have moved into temporary housing.
Peace Winds continues to support the families who cannot return to their homes. In collaboration with the local government, Peace Winds delivered electrical appliances to the temporary homes, including TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, and heating devices. Peace Winds will continue to focus on these families in temporary housing and make their lives as comfortable as possible.
With repairs still ongoing, it is unknown when the evacuees will move out of temporary housing. Living long-term in these conditions can be difficult. Small living spaces coupled with uncertainty of returning home can be a burden on families, leading to isolation and withdrawal. Peace Winds will provide living conditions and community programs to assist the evacuees and their families.
Peace Winds is working to improve conditions and morale in the temporary housing communities to ensure evacuees are comfortable and remain hopeful during recovery.