Charities working on the ground in Japan desperately need your support.
Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began hit the north-east coast this morning. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a 10m tsunami to hit the northern port of Sendai and has swept across the Pacific Ocean, putting all countries surrounding the ocean under threat.
As the news reports have come in, we have watched on in horror at catastrophic scenes of buildings, cars and ships being swept away. The images and videos have left us speechless and thoughts are now turning to how we can help.
Disaster relief charities such as the Red Cross and Shelterbox have already responded.
The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) immediately mobilised and the team headed to the affected region within hours of the disaster striking. By providing ShelterBoxes to survivors, they are able to equip the families who need it most with shelter and life-saving materials. If you would like to help them so that they can ensure that whenever disaster strikes, they are ready to help those most in need, you can make a donation to the charity at: http://www.justgiving.com/shelterbox-Japan
The Japanese Red Cross are currently working in the areas most affected and assessing the damage, whilst international partners such as the British Red Cross are closely monitoring the situation, and are ready to respond as and when they are needed. You can donate to the British Red Cross Disaster Fund here.
At this stage, it’s hard to know the scale of the disaster. It’s already estimated that over a 1,000 people have died and many more have been injured. Many have lost their homes and millions of people across Japan are completely without power. With it still so difficult to assess the long term impact of the disaster, our thoughts are now with those that have been affected.
If you would like to fundraise to aid the relief effort:
You can create a page for this project: http://www.justgiving.com/project/1787325