Numerous Volunteers Offer Help in Disaster Areas in Western Japan

Society Lifestyle

Hiroshima, July 21 (Jiji Press)--Numerous people on Saturday flocked to areas in western Japan devastated by mudslides and floods caused by recent torrential rain to offer help to affected residents.

Some of them are utilizing their summer break for volunteer activities.

The social welfare council in Hiroshima Prefecture started three-day bus service to transport volunteers between Hiroshima Station of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, and disaster areas including those in the city of Kure.

"Since we have limited ways to go to disaster areas, the bus service is very helpful," said Maki Kaita, a 24-year-old corporate employee in Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan.

Hiromi Akaike, 47, who joined volunteer activities in the Hiroshima town of Saka, complained of a lack of manpower, saying there are many places without volunteers.

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