The death toll rises as more people are being found after the devastating events that took place in Japan. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and countless aftershocks that caused a shoreline-crushing tsunami and an evolving crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has also left many survivors without the necessary supplies for survival.
The Japanese government is doing its best to rush doctors and aid supplies to thousands of people left without food, water and shelter in the aftermath of a catastrophe that hit northeast Japan.
Images online and various news programs show people lined up for water, canned food, and some stores rationing food sales to 10 items per person. In other areas, the 100,000 personnel deployed by the government are attempting to rescue survivors stranded by the flood waters and mountains of debris.
The leaking radiation from Koriyama in the Fukushima area where the crippled nuclear power plant is located has forced people out of the region. According to Japan’s NHK television on Tuesday, already over 3,000 are confirmed dead and more than 10,000 are missing and feared dead.
Supplies of gasoline are also running low and expressways have been closed off to all vehicles except for emergency traffic. There is a definite need for clean water, food and blankets, and for those who have lost everything, basic things like soap and toothbrushes.
Millions of people are in need of food, water and electricity, while relief efforts are complicated by the widespread destruction of infrastructure, but people can still contribute efforts to help.
Here are just some of the ways you can help provide the basics necessary for those effected by the tragedy in Japan.
American Red Cross: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here. You can also donate by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 toward relief efforts.
Globalgiving: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.
Save The Children: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
Salvation Army: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.
Americares: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.
Convoy Of Hope: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.
International Medical Corps: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and is in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.
Keeping Japan in your thoughts and prayers is also needed. The Japanese government says 15,000 people have already been rescued and 450,000 have been evacuated nationwide. Of the missing, many may have been washed out to sea by the 10-meter tsunami.