Written with extracts from The Chunichi Shimbun
November 13th 2019
One month after Typhoon Hagibis, the 19th typhoon of the season and some of the victims spending time at evacuation centers are disabled. The unfamiliar environment is filled with hardships due to their disabilities, and is causing them fatigue.
“Many kanji and I don’t understand the meaning”. Toyono-cho, Nagano city, damaged by the collapse of the bank of the Chikuma River. On the 12th at the evacuation center Toyono Children’s Center, Shinichi Takazawa, aged 39, of Toyono-cho, the city, sighed after seeing the postings. knowing has a mild intellectual disability, but still could not tell even the resident staff. Takazawa was evacuated with his mother and brother with intellectual disabilities. A nearby home was flooded to the floor on the second floor and a wallet was washed away. “My head is confused.” The procedure for reissuing the cash card did not proceed easily. I’m thinking of moving into a public housing, but he cannot apply because he cannot make a decision. “What should I do?”, he thought. There are days when he cannot sleep because of anxiety about what happens after leaving the shelter.
Takashi Takeda, aged 46, who was evacuated to Toyono Nishiko, adjacent to the center, is a deaf person. He was evacuated on October 12 while living alone. He spent about a week without sign language interpretation. He could not hear the broadcast in the hall, and when he noticed the distribution of clothes, they didn’t have his size. he knew how to start cooking when he saw people lined up. He thought he was in trouble but could not say so.
The city learned of their plight, and after 22nd, sign language interpreters and counselors came almost every day. It was decided to move them into the private housing that the city has borrowed.
Under the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law, local governments are obliged to create lists of persons with disabilities, but no specific support is provided at shelters.
According to the city, public health nurses go around evacuation centers immediately after the disaster, but a person in charge of the welfare policy section said, “It may have taken time to identify people who need assistance.” It is said that the support system will be put in place through the temporary residence procedures.