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Typhoon Hagibis Japan – Disaster Update

October 15, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan on October 12, 2019, and widespread torrential rains and subsequent flooding and landslides followed in many parts of central Japan. The typhoon in just two days led to 30%-40% of Japan’s usual annual rainfall; maximum Category 5 warnings (“Do whatever it takes to save your life”.) were issued to 13 prefectures. Evacuation warning was given to 7+ million people. Domestic news agency NHK has reported a death toll of 72 people. More than 45,000 households are without power. We are still observing the situation; 181 rivers in 16 prefectures breached, and water inundation continues to force millions of people to be evacuated. Japanese media played a role in continually updating the situation with warning messages in every news update. From TV, radio and mobile phones texts, ongoing updates were received. The CWS team in Japan is in touch with response partners, particularly in Tateyama city of Chiba prefecture and Fukushima prefecture; discussions for a collaborative response by ACT Forum Japan members are underway. Emergency supplies and skilled workers to assist with early recovery for vulnerable families, particularly the elderly without younger family members to help them. Read more

Houses in Nagano are submerged Sunday after the Chikuma River overflowed due to Typhoon Hagibis. Photo KYODO-Japan Today

Sphere 2018 Japanese version launched!

October 13, 2019

Japan Quality and Accountability Network (JQAN), chaired by CWS Japan, has just launched Japanese translation of Sphere 2018. The launch was celebrated both in-person and online by over 35 professionals from NGOs, UN, Universities, local/central government, along with Sphere office in Geneva. More and more local government units in Japan are referring to Sphere standards in its emergency response and preparedness, and the stakeholders appreciated contextualization of Sphere by JQAN trainers. The handbook can be downloaded here

End-of-event photo with those who participated in-person. Photo: CWS

Indonesia Earthquake Anniversary | CWS Response

September 28, 2019

A year ago, a horrific series of disasters struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The earthquake, tsunamis and liquefaction killed more than 5,300 people and wiped out communities. CWS have been on the ground in Central Sulawesi for the past year helping to address critical water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter needs. This video gives a glimpse at the hope that comes with having clean water. For months, we used a fleet of trucks to deliver clean water to thousands of families. Now, we’re helping communities build or improve water systems for more sustainable clean water access.

Indonesia Earthquake Anniversary | CWS Response

A year ago, a horrific series of disasters struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The earthquake, tsunamis and liquefaction killed more than 5,300 people and wiped out communities. With your help, we have been on the ground in Central Sulawesi for the past year helping to address critical water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter needs. This video gives a glimpse at the hope that comes with having clean water. For months, we used a fleet of trucks to deliver clean water to thousands of families. Now, we're helping communities build or improve water systems for more sustainable clean water access.

Posted by CWS on Friday, September 27, 2019

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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.

U Htein Win prepares for another fishing trip (in Myanmar). Photo: CWS

Brigita waters her terraced vegetable garden (in Timor-Leste). Photo: CWS

Women from Umerkot (in Pakistan) team up to draw water from their existing deep well. Photo: CWS

Bunthoeun (in Cambodia) and some harvested eggplant … ready to be sold. Photo: CWS

Oe’ayo farmers group members (in Indonesia) now harvest vegetables from their communal garden to eat or sell. Photo: CWS

Students take turns to keep the latrine clean (in Vietnam). Photo: CWS

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