In this video (Japanese only), CGN TV (Christian Global Network Television Japan) reported on a meeting of the nationwide collection of regional Christian disaster relief networks, as well as describing the beginning work by the Kyushu network in response to the floods and relief goods supplied by other networks and ministries. It includes comments from a few pastors and a list of churches with damage. Please pray for these churches and for the work being done.
Please pray for southern Kyushu. Torrential rains on July 4th and 5th caused severe floods – here is one of many news reports: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/06/asia/japan-flooding-kumamoto-kagoshima-intl-hnk/index.html
Below is a report on churches in southern Kumamoto Prefecture – the text is in the process of being translated into English.
CRASH was already working in Chiba in response to Typhoon #15 that hit the region in early September (sorry there was no post here about that – most of our communication has been on Facebook lately), but of course now there is much more work to do. Yesterday two CRASH leaders and leaders of several other groups met to discuss the best strategy going forward, and especially talked about the need for good roof repair work (not just tarps, but something more substantial). And of course there is plenty of need for cleaning out flooded houses, removing debris in neighborhoods, and many other activities. And funds will be needed to do these things. Please pray for all the victims as well as the volunteers, and please consider donating, or if you are in Japan, volunteering. More details will be known as time goes on – assessment of the needs and opportunities is just beginning.
See our Facebook page for photos and more frequent updates.
Please pray for northern Kyushu (Saga and Fukuoka prefectures), as torrential rains have caused widespread flooding. At one point, many areas were under a Level 5 (the maximum) warning for landslides, and 870,000 people were issued evacuation instructions. That level was lifted, but it might be issued again. As of this writing, three fatalities have been reported, but of course it’s too early to know the status of many areas, so there are probably many more.
Also, the rain is expected to continue and expand northeast, so additional flood warnings are also in effect for eight prefectures of southern and central Honshu.
As of this writing, here are three recent news pages in English:
- NHK World – reporting video
- Kyodo News – thorough report with photos and explanations
- Mainichi News: more heavy rain expected over the next two days
Of course the situation is likely to change rapidly.
The Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center (九キ災, “Kyukisai”) is preparing to mobilize in response.