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Countermeasures and Current Situation by the Team in Charge of Assisting the Lives of Disaster Victims

Disaster Victims(Annex(PDF:185KB)open a new window)

  1. Evacuees at Shelters
    The number of evacuees staying at shelters amounts to 130,000 nationwide, among which 110,000 are in the three affected prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima) of Tohoku. The number remains stable at the moment. The number and the location of evacuees are expected to change through secondary evacuation.
  2. Other Affected People
    The number of the affected who do not stay in shelters is not known. For example, there are those who evacuated to a friend’s home, stay in their own damaged house, or visit shelters for food and necessities as life lines are not recovered.

Damage and Recovery of Infrastructure

Related government ministries and agencies are working on the expeditious recovery of infrastructure, assessing the extent of the damage.

Fuel Supply

The following measures have been taken to the maximum extent in order to ensure stable supply of fuel in Tohoku: massive transfer of oil from refineries in the western Japan; resuming operation of three refineries; improving transportation route including railway transport to Morioka and Koriyama and the Shiogama oil tank facility; putting in a number of tankers; building temporary mini service stations; supplying heating oil in drums; restoring service stations; supplying fuel to the neighboring areas of the nuclear power plant. In addition, 15,000 kl, or 1,380 cases, of fuel was provided to hospitals and other facilities.
These measures steadily improved the supply of fuel in the affected areas, except for some parts of the region.

Provision of Supplies

  1. At an early stage, food, water and blanket were in high demand. The Special Headquarters have supplied 2.59 million meals, 7.88 million bottles of water, 390,000 sheets of blanket and 15,000 kl of fuel.
  2. Supplies in need shifted to the goods which serve to improve the life at shelters. (Needs increased for partitions, shampoo, and cookware.)
  3. Recently, the provision by the Special Headquarters of food, daily commodities and fuel have greatly reduced because soup runs have spread, the affected prefectures have sufficient stockpiles of daily commodities (ex. toilet papers) and the supply of fuel improved steadily.
  4. Assistance goods have accumulated to the full capacity of local depots. The prefecture and city authorities are increasing the storage capacity or limiting the acceptance of supplies.

Secondary Evacuation and Temporary Relocation

  1. Construction of 17,692 temporary housing units has already begun by April 27. (2,792 out of them have been completed.)
  2. Preparation is under way toward providing 72,290 units in six prefectures including Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
  3. As the housing for refugees, 52,973 public-owned houses and apartments are made available nationwide (in 47 prefectures). (7,805 of these housings have already been taken occupancy by April 23.) Hotel rooms are also made available.
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