[Official Announcement] Thank you for sending relief supplies – Report #1
March 18th, 2011
UCCJ Tohoku Disaster Relief Center
Reverend Takahashi (Director of Tohoku District)
Reverend Kataoka (Chair of Mission Committee)
We thank all those who are sending relief supplies to our center. Churches can come to the center to pick up, and if that is difficult we will deliver goods to churches for distribution. We apologize in advance if we are not able to provide what you request, as supplies are limited. We will do our best to find out from you what you need.
Our general rule is that we will distribute through churches.
Our Center hours are from 9 am to 5 pm. Weekends included.
Please contact us in advance.
Please refer to our website for details of what supplies we have on hand.
Postal Code: 980-0012
1-13-6 Nishikicho, Aobaku, Sendai
Emao Center – UCCJ Tohoku Disaster Relief Center
“The Association of Christian Churches in Sendai” made up of a variety of Protestant denominations gathered at the Emmaus Center to share information about the damages to churches, and to plan ahead to cooperate in sharing information and supporting one another.
Two of our young members (Shin-ichi Watanabe and Sin-ichiro Asayama) entered the coastal area which was most hardly hit near to the city of Sendai.
The area east of route 6 is closed to car traffic. In this area all houses and buildings have been destroyed. What we saw were heaps of debree. There were houses turned upside down, roves of temples, road signs and telephone poles washed away by the tsunami. Firemen were walking the area looking for dead bodies. The area hit by the tsunami is so vast! It is next to impossible for volunteers to do anything there.
It is hard to believe that such destruction has happened only 10 to 20 miles from the city center of Sendai. Even though we belong to the same city of Sendai, on one side of the road the houses are leveled, while on the other the houses are intact.
In the mountains of dibree we found daily accessories, cars, beds and all sorts of familiar things.
A car destroyed by the tsunami
A rare building that was not taken away by the tsunami.
Inside the building. Most everything in the surrounding area was leveled.
Report of Visit to Two Churches in Ishinomaki on March 16th
Today, March 16th, we visited Ishinomaki Eiko Church and Ishinomaki Yamashirocho Church. Due to the effects of the tsunami, the church yard was covered with mud. Salt water had seeped into the toilet sewage tank, causing the excrement to overflow, and the putrid smell was terrible.
We also visited the house of a church member nearby. We heard from this church member of how he helped people who were being swept away by the tsunami, and then all spent the first night together. The devastation in Ishinomaki is greater than we imagined, and they have suffered tremendous damage. We also were able to offer a bit of help by providing a hot meal to the people sheltered at the church.
Below are moving images taken on route to Ishinomaki that show the situation there.
A long line of cars waiting at a gas station along route 4 in Sendai
A scene of the destruction in Ishinomaki. An overturned 4-ton truck, and many cars and furniture scattered.
Showing the moment when we confirmed the safety of Mr. Miyamoto, member of Ishinomaki Church (and committee member of the Emmaus Center Communication Committee.)