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Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Two years on from the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, thousands of survivors have benefited from a variety of programmes carried out by the Japanese Red Cross Society ranging from caring for the psychosocial needs of the elderly to the reconstruction of major hospitals.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Japanese Red Cross medical teams deployed from their network of hospitals across the country, treated nearly 90,000 people. Since then, much of the focus for the Red Cross has been on providing welfare services; this includes help for 135,000 displaced families resettled into temporary homes that were provided with a package of household electrical appliances.

Significant investment has also been made in re-building damaged health infrastructure and building temporary medical facilities.  Five hospitals and medical centers have now been constructed with Red Cross support. Over 300 vehicles have been donated to support transportation needs in 200 social welfare institutions and nearly 1,000 special beds have been provided for care homes for the elderly.

Data visualisation of some Red Cross projects in Japan

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Japan - one year on. A video from the Japanese Red Cross Society

Kumamoto earthquake evacuees face months of hardship ahead

Kumamoto earthquake evacuees face months of hardship ahead

Almost 10,000 people still in evacuation centres and many are in serious need of continued support from the Red Cross

IFRC President visits Red Cross earthquake relief efforts in Kumamoto

IFRC President visits Red Cross earthquake relief efforts in Kumamoto

President Konoe commends the Red Cross staff for their contribution to the earthquake relief efforts

Japan: Preparing for future disasters

Japan: Preparing for future disasters

Being ready for a big disaster is always on the minds of those who work for the Red Cross in Japan, a country where small earthquakes occur almost daily and where risks of a major earthquake are high.



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