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Typhoon Hagibis Japan – Disaster Update

November 8, 2019

The effects of Typhoon Hagibis, which made landfall in Japan on October 12, 2019, continue to be felt by thousands of vulnerable people in the country’s central regions. Widespread torrential rains which, in just two days produced 30%-40% of Japan’s usual annual rainfall, combined with winds, flooding and landslides, led to Category 5 warnings to “… to save your life” in 13 prefectures; 7+ million people were warned to evacuate.

By November 8th, 95 people (70% age 60 or older) had died; five people were missing, and 55,000+ houses were destroyed or damaged. (Source: Cabinet Office). The Typhoon caused at least 805 landslides in 20 prefectures for an historically high number of sediment disasters caused by one Typhoon. (Source: Yomiuri News). Read more

Kazegumi Kanto’s support in removing large fallen tree. Photo: CWS Japan

In Asia, Church World Service (CWS) works with families, communities, governments, ecumenical and technical partners and other non-government organizations to help some of the region’s most vulnerable people. Most often we partner in support of long-term socioeconomic development and, when needed, we help people cope with the effects and aftermath of increasingly frequent natural and manmade crises across the region.

CWS works in partnership with communities and families in six Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam – to help them improve their lives. We do this by enhancing access to information, education and hands-on training for development and disaster preparedness. National teams and local partners follow up with individuals and communities with coaching and monitoring to help ensure quality, accountability and sustainability. In Japan, CWS supports the work of CWS Japan: its advocacy and humanitarian initiatives in Japan as well as its development outreach and emergency response in other countries.

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