NE Japan Earthquake Day 119: Only 20% of Relief Donations Has Made it to the Victims So Far

NE Japan Earthquake Day 119: Only 20% of Relief Donations Has Made it to the Victims So Far
Yomiuri Shimbun: 大震災義援金、被災者まで届いたのは約2割
July 7, 2011

Of the 294.7 billion yen (~$3.64 billion) the Japanese Red Cross and three other groups have collected in Tōhoku disaster relief donations, only 59.6 billion yen (20%) have been delivered to the victims so far, according to Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare statistics released on the 7th.

Minister Hosokawa took questions on the matter during budget discussions in the Lower House. Regarding the distribution delay, he explained, “[These groups] have been too busy with their top priorities, which are running the refugee centers and delivering emergency assistance. Getting local governments back on their feet also took time.” Prime Minister Kan said, “We can’t deny there isn’t enough manpower. I’d like to put more effort into planning [the dispatch of workers to needy areas].”

According to the Ministry, the four groups who collected the money have sent 234.7 billion yen (80%) to the governments of the 15 prefectures affected by the disaster. 155.6 billion of that (53% of the total) has been passed on to municipal governments. Most of the money is still sitting in municipal, regional, and NGO coffers and hasn’t been distributed to victims.

Original/原稿:
大震災義援金、被災者まで届いたのは約2割

 東日本大震災で日本赤十字社など4団体に寄せられた義援金約2947億円(7月6日現在)のうち、実際に被災者まで届いたのは約2割の約596億円にとどまっていることが7日、厚生労働省の集計で分かった。

 細川厚労相が参院予算委員会で答弁した。細川厚労相は配分の遅れについて、「(自治体が)避難所の運営や応急救助の事務が最優先で手が回らなかった。行政機能の復旧にも時間を要した」などと説明。菅首相も「マンパワー不足が解消しきれていない。(職員派遣など)努力を図っていきたい」と述べた。

 同省によると、4団体から、被災した15都道県に送金された義援金は約2347億円。うち市区町村に送金されたのは約1556億円。大部分が団体や都道県、市区町村にとどまり、被災者に配分されていない状況にある。
(2011年7月7日20時25分 読売新聞)

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