The extremely powerful earthquake whose epicentre was beneath the Pacific off the coast of northeast Honshu and the subsequent tsunami caused immense damage and great loss of life.
As you may know, a large area along the eastern seaboard was devastated and the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. Although the full extent of the destruction has yet to be clarified, extraordinary scenes of devastation are coming to light with every passing day. At present, the national and prefectural governments are endeavouring to rescue victims and support communities, including many thousands of people in temporary accommodation.
Japanese girls scout collecting money for victims of earthquake on March 13 2011, Fukui city about 300 kilometres west Tokyo.
The Scout Association of Japan is trying to confirm the safety of Scouts and related people through the prefectural Scout Councils of Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Aomori, the prefectures severely affected by this disaster, and investigating the impact on the prefectural Scout Councils themselves. However, since telecommunications and transportation to and within the affected areas are still limited, we have been able to obtain very little information so far. We are making preparations for the dispatch of volunteers to assist the victims and help restore the affected areas in cooperation with prefectural governments.