March 19, 2011
The volunteers are taking an active part in the refuge set up at various places in Yamagata Prefecture, adjacent to Miyagi Prefecture, on March 18, a week after the devastating disaster hit the prefectures in Northeastern Japan.
Survivors come one after another from Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures on this day. There are 3,806 people in total in the refuge at 57 places as of the evening of the day according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
The local residents and students gather to make the boiled rice and distribute the support goods, etc. in the refuge where inconvenient life is forced. Also the evacuees voluntarily move to help the distribution of meal, etc.
Support to the Deaf victims started, too. In the Sports Center in Yamagata City, three Dear men from Fukushima Prefecture are taking shelter. They are provided interpreting by volunteers.
One of them aged 64 from Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture arrived at the center with his relative on March 17. He didn't understand what has happened even if he saw people are taking shelter around home, and became worried.
At the center he has been helped by the interpreters since March 18. He said, "I am really worried about the future. I need their help to know what is going around".
*The member organizations in Northeaster Japan have reported to the Japanese Federation of the Deaf on whereabouts of their local members as well as non-members.