JRCS sent two medical teams to Izu Oshima

Eastern Japan was struck by Typhoon Wipha, the strongest typhoon in a decade, from the night of Tuesday 15 October through the morning of Wednesday 16 October.

Severe wind and rain battered through a wide range of Eastern Japan which caused heavy delays on public transportation systems through Tokyo city. The worst hit was Izu Oshima, an island 120km south of Tokyo. It recorded the heaviest rainfall in 75 years, of more than 120mm per hour or more than 820mm in 24 hours. 18 were killed and 42 people are still missing. The search, rescue and relief efforts are still ongoing by the authorities.

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) had sent two medical teams. The first medical team which consist of two doctors, one nurse and one administrator had left to Izu Oshima Island on 17 October along with 180 sets of “JRC Emergency Sets” consisting of mobile radio, torch, and other essential materials. The second medical team which consists one doctor, one clinical psychotherapist two nurses, and one administrative is heading to Izu Oshima now.

In addition, JRCS had opened bank account for Cash Grant Program to support survivors of Typhoon Wipha. Information is only available in Japanese here.