Navigation Links
International Medical Corps Team in Hardest-Hit Coastal Communities Finds Severe Shortages of Food, Water, Medicines; Acute Need for Mental Health Support
Date:3/18/2011

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Medical Corps' emergency response team is assessing the post-disaster needs of isolated coastal villages north of Sendai that have yet to receive humanitarian assistance. They found acute shortages of food, water and some medicines, and survivors in need of mental health support.

Many are without heat in an area where temperatures have dipped below freezing and snow has been falling – putting survivors in danger of exposure. Meantime, disrupted supply chains and fuel shortages have caused most convenience stores to close.

On Friday, International Medical Corps' team visited three heavily destroyed towns north of Sendai – one in particular, East Matsushima, was virtually washed away by the tsunami. "We saw first-hand how extensive the material and human damage of the tsunami and earthquake was," said team member Dr. Mutsuo Ikuhara. "Displaced people lost everything and require much emotional support. We are deeply moved by the strength and dignity of the people and their terrible suffering."

Based on its assessments at evacuation centers and a regional hospital where critical patients have been referred, International Medical Corps will work to fill critical gaps – including addressing the need for food, water and chronic medicines at shelters, providing psychological support, and if needed deploying four medical teams currently on standby.

In its assessment in Sendai, International Medical Corps found that although the coastal area had suffered large-scale damage to infrastructure, the main city is functioning relatively well, with electricity and regular services being restored. The team visited University Hospital, a 1,250-bed facility, and found it functioning reasonably well. There are some shortages in food, water and basic supplies, with people forming long lines for available supplies. There is also a noticeable fuel shortage.

While Japan has significant capacity to manage emergencies, the magnitude of this disaster – coupled with the threat of nuclear exposure – has been large enough to warrant international assistance. International Medical Corps is providing logistical support and technical expertise to local health authorities based on its more than 25 years of experience in disaster response, including following the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The 9.0 earthquake on March 11 triggered a tsunami that buried many northern towns in a wall of water. Japanese news media report that up to 10,000 people may have been killed, but much of the north is still inaccessible. It has been described as the largest earthquake on record for Japan. Hundreds of aftershocks continue to shake the country, with a second large earthquake of 7.4-magnitude.

Thousands in the tsunami zone are without water, heat, electricity, or phone service, and some areas have been entirely cut off. On Friday, President Barack Obama said the United States was prepared to help however needed.

In addition, there have been explosions at nuclear power plants in northern Japan, compounding the crisis. While the level of radiation leaked is unknown, Japanese authorities have ordered large-scale evacuations surrounding the reactor zones.

International Medical Corps has been a leading responder to emergencies in more than 50 countries, including the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami, 2005 Pakistan earthquake, 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


'/>"/>
SOURCE International Medical Corps
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Pharmaceutics International Inc. (Pii) Announces Appointment of Rampurna Prasad Gullapalli, Ph.D. as Vice President of Drug Delivery Technologies
2. Bacterin International Holdings, Inc. Schedules Conference Call to Present Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results
3. International Biotech Firm Funds Research Into Aging Through Foundation of UMDNJ
4. Chindex International, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Three and Nine Month Period Ended December 31, 2010
5. Survey Sampling International Names Chris DeAngelis to Head New SSI Health
6. Cynosure Receives International Marketing Clearances for New Cellulite, Laser Lipolysis Products
7. Conatus Pharmaceuticals Will Display HCV Clinical Trial Data at the International Liver Congress™ (EASL) in March
8. International Prostate Cancer Treatment Expert Dr. David B. Samadi Supports Kenyan Minister of Medical Services, Peter Anyang Nyongos Decision to Travel to the U.S. for Prostate Cancer Treatment
9. OXIS International to Hold Business Update Conference Call on March 22
10. GNC Teams With Sakar International for Branded Health and Wellness Product Line
11. Dyadic International to Announce 2010 Year-End Financial Results and Hold Conference Call on March 10, 2011
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Click here ... Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent ... a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, ... ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that provides individualized ... California . In 2015, TNH generated approximately ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  The blood testing market in ... to Kalorama Information and The Freedonia Group in a ... acid testing.  The healthcare research firm said that ... blood collection stations and in improving testing at the ... report, Blood Testing Market in China ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... N.J. , April 28, 2016   Acsis ... today announced that leading IT market research and advisory ... " in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and ... 2016).  The report provides an assessment of the capabilities ... track and trace software market. Logo - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... According to an American Psychological Association article, ... abused before the age of 18. Of those who survive, many still face effects ... , In her new book, Lyah! Lyah! Pants on Fyah!, she shares stories ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... PARSIPPANY, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 ... ... - Healthcare Research & Analytics EVP and GM Jim Callandrillo and Duane ... during the 55th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence and Research Group (PBIRG) General ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The Evolve Paddle Board Company- which ... announced today the outcome of their partnership with Yoloha Yoga- producers of high quality ... Board.” , SUP yoga has seen a dramatic rise in popularity throughout the last ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... Marshall Votta, Josh Holmes and Laura Sandman have joined RowdMap, Inc. ... Inc.’s market growth across both health plans and provider organizations who use government benchmark ... based care. , Marshall Votta joins RowdMap, Inc. as Chief Market Officer and takes ...
(Date:5/1/2016)... ... ... 2 is a set of versatile and smooth logo reveals built exclusively for Final ... a unique logo reveal in just a matter of minutes. Custom settings give the user ... add a uniquely animated logo to any photos or videos. , ProBrand Reveal comes packaged ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):