Volunteers, Local Govts, SDF Jointly Tackling Disaster Waste

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Nagano, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--Volunteers, municipalities and the Self-Defense Forces are working together to clean up the huge amounts of disaster waste left by powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which struck Japan a month ago.

The SDF is working to coordinate disaster waste and rubble removal efforts via officers dispatched to municipalities affected by the 19th typhoon of the year.

Ground SDF units have so far been deployed to Miyagi, Fukushima, Nagano and Ibaraki prefectures with trucks and heavy machinery. The GSDF has removed some 86,000 tons of waste.

Facilitating the cleanup work is the close cooperation between the SDF, local governments and volunteers.

In the central Japan city of Nagano, which suffered extensive flood damage due to a levee breach along the Chikuma River, volunteers, local citizens, local governments, the Environment Ministry and the SDF share information and divide up roles in the cleanup process under an initiative named "One Nagano."

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