Distribution centers recover, experience high volumes – logistics update 4/9

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMPCSCMP member in Japan. ALAN continues to work with our partners to support the relief efforts in Japan. The (Humanitarian Alliance is working to locally source items to respond to these needs. Additional information on ALAN is available at ALANaid.org

“At the day before yesterday’s earthquake, my younger brother was in Natori City, that is in the south of Sendai City. He said that during the earthquake, power failure happened, but about 4 AM, electricity returned.

Natori City has divided into two. One existed in tsunami and the resident lost most of their life base. Another lives almost usually in the region where it did not encounter the tsunami. The gap is very large. The condition is the same in Sendai. In downtown, ladies wear fashionable dress, but just 5 miles east from Sendai downtown, wilderness of debris has spread.

Natori is a suburb of Sendai, so there are many large supermarkets in the town. But these are still closed because of building damage. Instead, residents buy commodities at convenience stores.

Even though, some shops of large supermarket chain are now opened. Because the distribution centers in Tohoku district received serious damage, in order to fulfill them, DCs in Kanto cover the distribution. Many of the DCs in Kanto received damage by the 311 earthquake, and most of them took about a week for restoration, but some are still in restoration process. To cover them, the shipment volumes of Kanto available DC’s are about double or triple. Now, some of the DCs in Tohoku are being restored.

Ito-Yokado is a supermarket chain subsidiary of Seven Eleven Holdings. It covered Tohoku district logistics from Hokkaido(North) and Kanto(South). On April 7th, fresh food DC in Sendai completed restoration and is running.
http://www.lnews.jp/2011/04/40409.html (Japanese. See figure. Left: before disaster, right: from March 13th to April 6th )

Seven Eleven has 14 distribution centers in Tohoku district. Just after disaster, all of them are stopped. Now, 11 of them are running
http://www.lnews.jp/2011/04/40424.html (Japanese. See figure Logistics system of just after the disaster)”

Strong aftershock disrupts Japan transportation, slows recovery – Update 4/8

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. ALAN continues to work with our partners to support the relief efforts in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“Yesterday’s large earthquake hit the lifelines of just restoration directly. Just after the earthquake, about 4 million houses were blacked out. Water service and the gas stopped, too. Two people died, and about 250 people were injured. Electricity was restored at a rush, but 600 thousand houses have been still blackout. One refuge got damage, so the evacuee moved to other refuge. Some of the victims have shown up the PTSD symptom. Mental care is needed.

Today, the entire railroads in the Miyagi prefecture were stopped. I still don’t know whether they run tomorrow or not.

The vehicle road suffered, too. The road of just restoration became a traffic stop again, because of loose ground due to the earthquake of 311.
http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000141173.pdf (Japanese)

Even this, the maximum Japanese concern is a nuclear power plant accident. The victim in an off-limits area is also a victim of the earthquake and the tsunami. They cannot do any restoration work, because it is unknown that they can go back to their house or not. Because shelter was hastened, they are not bringing the refuge the private property. People that the product did not sell are victims according to the diffusion of the radiating matter. Now, their situation is worse than Iwate and Miyagi stricken area people.”

Strong aftershock impedes recovery efforts – logistics update 4/7

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

ALAN is watching the impact of this latest aftershock and will keep you posted on emerging relief needs.

“Yesterday evening 1132PM (about 7 hours ago), M7.4 earthquake occurred very close to Sendai-city. Most of the cities in East Japan were shook.

About 140 thousand houses are blackout, about 80 peoples are insured. A local railway of just restoration in Sendai outskirts stops again. But fortunately, I didn’t hear big damage right now. Detail information will enter because the morning dawned.”

Radiation, cold storage concerns for Japan food supply chain

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“April is the first month of Japan Government, most of the companies, and schools new fiscal year. The victim in the tsunami stricken area is gradually doing the life revival. Farmers begin to seed, fishermen start to fishing, someone begin new part-time job, and some restart to work in the company that they previously employed.. Children begin to go to schools, some are the same as previous, and some transfers to the other school which is in out of prefecture.

Instead, the influence of the nuclear power plant accident has extended gradually. Serious damage has occurred to agriculture and the fishery of Fukushima and Ibaragi prefectures by the diffusion of the radiating matter. Some of their products are over the radiation safe level, and some are not. Even their products are in the safe radiation level, market doesn’t want to buy. Some retailers in Tokyo begin to sell safe radiation level vegetables of these areas. Buying the product of these becomes the best reconstruction support.

The dietitian is pointing out bias of meal. The victim has already been eating emergency provisions for as many as three weeks. The meal biased to the carbohydrate is done. The protein and the vitamin are necessary. However, there is no enough refrigerating installation. It is necessary to think about measures immediately.”

Iwate prefecture begins admitting volunteers; refugee housing supply vs. demand examined – Logistics Update 4/4

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing daily updates from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“Today, Iwate Social Welfare Council announced that they can accept the volunteer outside the prefecture. Because of food and fuel shortage, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures had stopped to accept outside the prefecture volunteer, even they need a lot of workforce. Movement for the revival has been activated.

We still cannot count how many houses were washed out. About the remaining house and building, already judged red (dangerous) are 9,462, and yellow (caution needed) are 17,898. As of today, stricken area prefectures request 62,290 temporary houses, 3,759 are already started to construct, 1,401are scheduled. But the shortage of materials for temporary house, especially wooden material, is pointed out. MLIT already checked that about 17,000 public houses are available all over Japan, and many volunteer home owners answered to offer their vacant houses free of charge. Japan government is speeding up the confirmation of the refugee house supply-demand picture.”

Japan’s 3-phase disaster logistics plan explained – Logistics update 4/3

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing daily updates from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“At this weekend when three weeks passed from the disaster, there was no movement of the government about logistics. In the other hand, specialists of nuclear power plant accident such as Marine Corps in the US, Areva of France support was begun.

About the disaster transportation, Japan’s disaster management plan assumed these 3 phases.

Phase 1 (disaster to 2 days)
– Persons and goods concerning rescue and medical services
– Persons for expansion prevention of disaster like firefighting operation etc.
– Emergency restoration traffic restriction in the over the road hauling facilities and shipping terminal necessary for urgent transportation
– Persons and goods concerning regulation of traffic
Phase 2 (3 days to 1 week)
– Goods necessary for life support such as food and water
– Transportation outside the sick person from stricken areas
– Persons and goods necessary for emergency restoration of transportation facilities
Phase 3 (after 1 week)
– Persons necessary for disaster recovery
– Goods necessities of life

This disaster size was 2 to 3 times larger than our estimation. Because this disaster was spread large area, these plans were late. Emergency restoration traffic restriction took about 2 weeks. Transportation of goods necessary for life support started after 3 days from disaster, but effusing smoothly after for 2 weeks.

In disaster management plan, Japan defined 4 levels stock.
1 Home (or business office) stock: more than 3 day’s foods, water and other life goods
2 City and Prefecture Municipal stock: more than 3 day’s foods, water and other life goods
3 Wholesaler and retailer stock: Prefecture government contract several company to promise smooth distribution
4. Donation
In tsunami stricken area, many house and city municipals ware washed out. In addition, many peoples living in metropolitan area didn’t stock so they rushed to by after the disaster. Prefecture level stock and donation couldn’t transport because of road damage and fuel shortage. Wholesaler and retailer stock also didn’t work because of warehouse damage and transportation limitation.

One larger factor for confusing necessity goods distribution is the information flow. Japan’s disaster logistics system was assumed to start from the request of each city municipal. Tsunami washed some city municipals and their worker. The flow of information was obstructed.

These troubles will be analyzed and disaster management plan will be refined near future. Anyway, Japan’s disaster transportation is now in phase 3.”

Japan disaster recovery needs move toward cleanup – Logistics Update 4/1

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing daily updates from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information and a link to relief needs is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“The government announced today that they would assume this earthquake to be “East Japan earthquake”.

Three weeks passed from the earthquake. The victim began to move aiming at the revival. The patient with pneumonia has increased along with it. To clear away or to find memorial goods the rubble, the victims are working by themselves. It is assumed that it is a cause of pneumonia to inhale dust that while working. It calls for wearing the mask to prevent it.

Needs of victims’ goods have changed day by day. The victims in the region that exists in the tsunami want for the rubber boot, gloves, the mask, shovel, cart, high-pressure water cleaning machine, and the chainsaw, etc. Many of stricken areas want to keep living in the same place for the fishing village even if there is such a disaster. Some have decided the temporary residence to other cities on the other hand. The distribution of present support goods cannot meet these individual needs, because it gives priority to the defense of the life, and the impartial distribution of goods to everyone.

Because of fisher village tsunami, the damage situation of the refrigerated warehouses cannot be understood yet. MLIT is still walking to understand the damage of logistics service provider continuously. “