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March 21, 2011
8th chet (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)
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Japan Earthquake Relief Underway as UNITED SIKHS Aid Team Delivers Emergency Relief Materials

Highlights:

  • Nearly half a million people impacted, Nuclear crisis rating increased
  • Relief supplies for personal hygiene and to help keep warm are top priority
  • First consignment of personal hygiene products delivered by UNITED SIKHS Aid team in Chiba to the Matsudo City Office. 

CHIBA, JAPAN: After nine days without heat, electricity, running water, regular meals or word from their loved ones, people affected by the Tsunami are hungry and frustrated. The situation is tense but under control. The humanitarian crisis is eroding confidence of the people. 


The following is the report from ground zero of the impact:

  • Severity rating of the nuclear crisis raised to level 5 from 4 on the seven-level INES international scale,  putting it on a par with the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. Chernobyl was a 7 on that scale.
  • No plans yet to expand the evacuation area beyond 30 km at this point. Japan's nuclear agency said the radiation level at the plant was as high as 20 millisieverts per hour. The limit for workers involved in emergencies was 100 millisieverts but it has been raised to 250 for those handling the incident.
  • Nearly 8,649 people have been confirmed killed in the quake and tsunami. Another 13,262 people are missing with many feared dead.
  • More than 380,000 evacuees live in shelters; 256,000 homes without electricity; 1.5 million homes lack running water.

While the Governments work on long term plans, we need to work with the local teams to help people regain the strength to start life afresh. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reports that weather conditions have worsened in the areas most affected which is affecting distribution of relief supplies. More than 350,000 evacuees continue to endure cold weather at shelters in 16 prefectures, including Tokyo,as blankets and other desperately needed relief supplies start to meet the demand.

 
Gursharanjeet Kaur and her husband in Chiba, Japan, with the consignment of personal care products delivered to Matsudo city office   A makeshift evacuation centre in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Northern Japan. Photo Courtesy EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Gursharanjeet Kaur, coordinating relief efforts for UNITED SIKHS in Chiba, Japan, said "Currently there is a need for emergency relief items because of the standard of sanitation in camps. We are distributing basic hygiene kits that include body soap, hand sanitizers, tooth brush and paste, bath tissue, baby diapers, and water bottles at the cost of approximately USD 100 per family, that will takes care of their hygiene for a month".  She adds, "The weather is colder, and so we also need supplies to help people keep warm."  The UNITED SIKHS Aid team procured the items locally as it is cost effective and timely. Additional relief items will be procured and supplied based on assessment of needs by the local team in Chiba.

The team is working for those most affected, though themselves experiencing the effects first hand. Fissures in the earth appeared in the city of Chiba as a result of the Earthquake with water seeping through.

We encourage you to make monetary donations for our brethren in Japan. Please stand by our Japanese brothers and sisters – keep them in your prayers and reach out with support.

How you can help:

UNITED SIKHS is now collecting monetary donations to purchase supplies locally. For more information on how you can assist please reach out to the UNITED SIKHS office closest to you at http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php.  To donate please click: http://unitedsikhs.org/donate.php

 

Issued by:
Kanwal jit Kaur
Program Coordinator
kanwaljit.kaur@unitedsikhs.org | contact@unitedsikhs.org
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Current Situation of Gurdwara Sahibs (Sikh places of worship) in Japan

Guru Nanak Darbar, Kobe: This is 585 Km from Fukushima (Reactor) & 647 km from Sendai ( Earthquake ). It is safe and services are going on as normal.

Guru Nanak Darbar, Tokyo: The building & Guru Granth Sahib ji swaroop's are safe but services are interrupted due to radiation threat. Majority of the sangat has gone back to India.

Q&A Fact sheets for Japanese Nationals  by U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services

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The following Items are Urgently Needed!!

  • Things to keep warm:Heavy duty Blankets, socks, shoes (like tennis shoes), Indian tea to keep warm, Kerosene oil – for heat and warm food
  • Things for personal hygiene: Hand sanitizer (and anything that keeps yourself clean), Toilet Paper, Hand towels, Tooth brush, Soap,  Personal clothing, Garbage plastic bags, Sanitary Napkins, Diapers, Water bottles
  • Medicines: For Diarrhea and Fever, Cough medication
  • Miscellaneous: Glasses, Masks, Portable toilet, Water

The nuclear crisis is  the worst Japan has faced since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War. It is also the first time that such a grave nuclear threat has been raised in the world since a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine exploded in 1986.

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