Photo: ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to respond to the devastating earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula in Japan on New Year’s Day 2024. ADRA is actively engaged in providing crucial assistance to the affected communities.

The earthquake, measuring at a 7.6 magnitude, claimed more than 230 lives, leaving a trail of destruction, impacting hundreds of communities, and causing significant damage to homes and infrastructure. With more than 44,000 homes affected and thousands of people still living in evacuation centers and dire conditions, the situation remains dire, requiring urgent humanitarian intervention.

ADRA Japan has swiftly responded to the crisis by conducting comprehensive needs assessments through its network of disaster relief organizations. These assessments are crucial for understanding the immediate needs of the affected population and formulating effective response strategies.

Photo: ADRA

Photo: ADRA

“One of the primary goals of ADRA’s response is to procure and distribute essential supplies such as food, water, shelter, and hygiene items. These supplies are critical for meeting the fundamental needs of survivors in evacuation centers and affected areas,” said Chanda Marines, Programs Network coordinator and part of ADRA’s International Emergency Response.

Photo: ADRA

Photo: ADRA

Additionally, ADRA provides support for the operation of disaster volunteer centers, facilitating coordination among relief organizations, and ensuring the protection of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, people with disabilities, women, and children.

Recognizing the disaster’s long-term effects, ADRA is actively involved in medium- and long-term recovery efforts. This includes housing evaluations, repairs, volunteer center operations support, and community help to restore normalcy and livelihoods.

Photo: ADRA

Photo: ADRA

Despite enormous challenges, such as the ongoing aftershocks and inclement weather, ADRA is dedicated to assisting those in need. ADRA continues to work diligently with government agencies, local organizations, and international partners to ease the suffering caused by the earthquake. ADRA has been helping Japanese communities for more than 40 years

The original version of this story was posted on the ADRA website.

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