2015 Joso

Typhoon Etau hit eastern Japan on Sept. 10 and 11 2015 a dropped unprecedented levels of rain, up to 50 cm in 24 hours, on parts of Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, the deluge causing the Kinugawa to burst its banks in several places causing widespread damage and inundating thousands of homes and displacing more than 100,000 people. IDRO members arrived in Kanuma city in the pre-dawn hours of September 12th, immediately setting to work with members of Open Japan and Nippon Zaidan. Realizing it would be better to work in a wider area, we moved to Joso on September 14th, setting up a base camp from which we employed a fluctuating group of volunteers in the central parts of Joso city for the next two months.