On the weekend of January 26 and 27, 2013, eleven members of Habitat APU volunteers took part in a cleanup project in the flood-affected areas of Kasahara district (Kurogi-machi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture). This project came about through a request from Habitat Japan about the possibility of taking part in flood and disaster relief work, and was carried out alongside members of “Sanson-Juku”, a volunteer group involved in removing mud from agricultural land, clearing debris from pipes, and other relief work. ISE Mizuki (APS, Japan) took part in the event and shared her impressions. “Up until now we have been more involved in poverty issues overseas but taking part in this project has helped me to take a greater interest in disaster relief work here in Japan”.
The Kasahara district suffered extensive damage during the heavy rains and floods that struck northern Kyushu on July 14, 2012, including road washouts and extensive damage to agricultural land, tea growing fields, and people’s homes. And since heavy machinery cannot access many of the affected areas, the relief work is still underway.
People interested in getting involved or making a donation are invited to check the Nishi Nippon Newspaper website (in Japanese only):