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Typhoon Hagibis Japan – Disaster Update

November 26, 2019

With winter weather approaching, Japan’s response to the effects of Typhoon Hagibis continues. With 700-plus people still living in emergency shelters, and almost half of the country’s prefectures needing recovery work, repairs and clean-up efforts continue in 20 prefectures across central Japan. In Tateyama city, Chiba prefecture, where CWS Japan and the National Council of Churches in Japan are leading a joint response, our work parallels that of other humanitarian and government agencies in other cities, towns and villages.

Since it could take up to six more months for commercial repair services to reach very vulnerable families, our response is critically needed by poor families, elderly people living alone, families who have a disabled member, plus those who were without disaster insurance. Since their needs are greatest, CWS and our expanding network of partners are prioritizing these groups. Now, in addition to Operation Blessing Japan, CWS is working with a local non-profit, Ossekai, and Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church in Tateyama city. Together we are helping families who need hope as much as they need material help. Our ecumenical response continues now with a team of volunteers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Japan who have joined others who have been working together with us since Typhoon Hagibis hit on November 12th.

Next, new, stronger plastic sheeting for medium-term roof repairs, plus mold removal and disinfection, are priorities once major clearance work is completed.

All Typhoon Hagibis recovery work is planned and carried out in partnership with the National Christian Council in Japan which, together with CWS Japan, comprise the ACT Forum Japan. In addition to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America donors who are support of our work are United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, Week of Compassion /Disciples of Christ and the Wesley Foundation. Read more

Typhoon Hagibis Assessment Team. 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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