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It should be reported that there are also victims with physical disabilities and their families who are having various difficulties in dietary, information gathering, and personal needs in their ordinary life compared to other people.
Because of these matters, they are more likely to hesitate to go to an evacuation center. Even if they do go there, in many cases, they are forced to move to a different facility or count on their relatives. The number of disabled persons who stay in an evacuation center is extremely low.
If they don’t have any relatives to rely on or any other place to go than an
evacuation center, they tend to be under lots of stress with their needs unprovided. There are many cases that we found individuals with difficulties remaining at home with no electricity or hydro service if their houses are not wrecked. They would go to an evacuation center, if they didn’t have any problems.
The Hisaichi Shogaisha Center Iwate was established on April 12th and the purpose is to support the disabled victims. Since the foundation of our organization, we have been visiting disabled victims and their families at both evacuation centers and their own home. Walfare divices, daily goods, helper serveices, and pick-up services to hospitals have also been provided to those victims.
With the temporary houses being built, we are expecting a rapid increase in such service requests while those who are physically challenged start to live on their own in a temporary house. Due to the far distance to the coastal areas from our current Morioka Office, it is too difficult to respond to these requests and demands. Having a new and closer site in Tono city launched, we will be able to provide relevant services and also hire two local empolyees in Iwate to keep our support system going efficiently.