Since the earthquake in Japan last Friday, survivors are endlessly wandering the ruined streets of cities where they once lived. Those who ignored the warnings died instantly, with many bodies lying besides the road. More than 5,000 people are confirmed dead and almost half a million have been displaced.
Evacuees suffer because of short supplies of the most necessary items: food, fuel, clothes and a safe place to stay. This is what they need most after struggling for over a week after the two natural disasters hit their country.
Meanwhile, international organizations are helping Japan mobilize a massive relief effort. The natural question on everyone’s mind is “How can I help?” Here is a list of seven organization for those interested in aiding the relief effort.
Sailors move cases of sports drinks and water in preparation to support disaster relief efforts.
A naval air crewman provides fuel to a Japanese man for his kerosene heater.
Cleanup work at the Misawa Fishing Port.
Sailors help the local Misawa population in relief efforts.
USS Blue Ridge Sailors move humanitarian relief supplies.
Sailors and Japanese citizens unload food and water from a helicopter.
As survivors search for their loved ones, it is clear that the country was not prepared for a disaster of this magnitude. Thousands of people have now evacuated the zone around the quake and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan. Texting is the only communication they have for now.
We can’t ignore the fact that Japan has often helped and donated for other countries when they experienced disasters. Now it is our duty to work for the welfare of its people too. If you know of any other charity program for this disaster, please do not forget to list it in the comment box. Every little effort counts.