The devastating torrential rains which struck western Japan last week, leading to subsequent deadly flooding and landslides, have left 200 people dead, over 60 missing, and thousands with no homes and no property, becoming Japan’s worst rain-related disaster in decades. The most severely affected areas are Hiroshima, Okayama, Ehime, Fukuoka, Yamaguchi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Gifu, Shiga, Kagoshima, Kochi and Saga, with many towns there still struggling with water and power outages, while over 6,000 people are still being evacuated.
The photos below were posted on social media by people — ranging from mothers to pet owners to reporters — who are currently in the affected areas and show the disaster from the people experiencing it. Also below are what you can do to help the affected regions regardless of where you are in the world.
Yano-higashi district, Aki-ku, Hiroshima city— “My hometown, the place I’ve been born and raised, has now changed to this.” This Instagram user writes that she attempted to clean up a nearby kindergarten which had been destroyed and covered in mud after the heavy rains. Her post describes in detail how she and other people struggled to clean up the area, yet the damage scale was so high that no matter how hard they worked, they didn’t feel that they had advanced much. She also writes that the weather conditions make the work much more difficult — the heat after the rain is unbearable. The post ends with a warning to volunteers to understand the situation well before going to assist.
Hiroshima city, Aki ward, …continue reading