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What we’re doing in Japan

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When a massive earthquake struck Japan on 11 March, the Japanese Red Cross responded immediately carrying out search and rescue, and providing first aid for survivors.

The disaster left more than 15,800 people dead and over 3,000 missing or unaccounted for.

After the disaster struck, the Japanese Red Cross provided healthcare, food and water to the many thousands of people left homeless or displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Support for survivors

In the aftermath of the quake, the British Red Cross launched the Japan Tsunami Appeal which, thanks to the huge generosity of donors, raised an estimated £14.2 million. Funds are being used to support the Japanese Red Cross’ relief and recovery programme.

This includes:

  • providing medical care and psycho-social support
  • distributing blankets, clothing and other relief items
  • supporting social welfare services
  • constructing temporary hospitals
  • supporting children’s education
  • improving the living conditions of people in evacuation centres or temporary housing
  • helping people affected by the nuclear power plant disaster.

Read about our other emergency appeals

Help us respond to future disasters by donating to our Disaster Fund

Last updated March 2012


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