Japan Earthquake Third Anniversary
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Third Anniversary : Japanese Red Cross Thanks The World
Today, Japanese Red Cross thanks the world for the $1 billion donation they received to come to help to the victims of the triple disaster which battered north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The European Union, through the European Commission Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) contributed to €10 million to support Japan's recovery. Three years on, there is clear progress towards recovery in many communities. However, hundreds of thousands remain in temporary housing and many Fukushima evacuees fear they may never return home.
"There is still a continuous need for us to stand by the affected populations and the problems that evacuees in Fukushima face are very particular,” said Tadateru Konoé, President of the Japanese Red Cross Society and of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
There’s always more to do
Most of the large-scale recovery projects are now finished or nearing completion. Yet there’s a clear need for the Japanese Red Cross Society support to continue in a number of areas, such as helping nuclear evacuees or supporting the vulnerable elderly who remain in temporary housing with activities to help them stay physically healthy and create a sense of community.
Red Cross chapters in the worst-affected prefectures will take the lead locally in providing continuing support to disaster survivors until at least 2017. Activities such as the summer camps for disaster area children, held in 2012 and 2013 in northern Japan’s Hokkaido island are expected to be organised locally in the three worst-hit prefectures.
"We need to do everything we can to ensure that the public at large in Japan also does not forget about the affected communities, and will continue to think of the survivors and support them on their road to recovery in a variety of ways,” says Kenji Takeuchi, Director General the recovery task force for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
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