From Medecins sans Frontieres: The MSF team sent to the area devastated by the earthquake and resulting tsunamis in northeast Japan continues to assist in the massive government-led relief effort. “On Sunday, we conducted mobile clinics and assessments in two evacuation centres,” said Mikiko Dotsu, the coordinator of the team. “It appears that medical needs are increasing in evacuation centres,” said Mikiko.
The situation remains difficult for the survivors of the disaster, with large swathes of the prefecture still without water or electricity. The MSF teams will focus on the needs of more vulnerable people, including the elderly and young children, as well as people suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Aid agencies Care International and World Vision have both said they will assist the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Japan, although they usually work in developing countries. World Vision UK chief executive Justin Byworth said: “There is a precedent. Even the US needed support from aid agencies after New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina – and World Vision helped after the Kobe earthquake in Japan in 1995.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs say search and rescue remains the priority in tsunami and earthquake affected areas. 15 international specialist teams have been deployed to support the Government response, aftershocks continue to trigger tsunamis on the north-east coast and the country's State of Emergency in relation to its nuclear power plant continues
As access improves in the region Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is finding serious needs among pockets of populations in areas that had previously been impossible to reach by road. Although injured people had been evacuated by helicopter, there were a lot of elderly people, some of whom were dehydrated, the coordinator said. MSF is now identifying specific needs - which include oxygen, non-food items, medical items and water - and will work with Japanese authorities to assist these populations.