November 17, 2022
Environmental Health Risks in the Philippines
In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Japan triggered a devastating tsunami, leaving more than 16,000 people dead. 2,500 people are still reported as missing, and their bodies have never been found.
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami created water surges reaching up to 133 feet high, which devastated many towns and prompted mass evacuations. The tsunami also flooded the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant causing it to break down and begin to leak radioactive material. Over 200,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding areas.
In the areas where the order has been lifted, only 50% of the pre-disaster populations have returned.
Many of the returnees are elderly people who had no other choice but to return. In these isolated communities, cases of elderly mental illness such as dementia have increased rapidly. We now support local communities in building social outreach programs and group activity classes to assist dementia sufferers and those who are experiencing early signs and symptoms of the disease.