The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake had recorded quakes with the maximum seismic intensity of 7 on two occasions, damaged 74,000 homes, and left about 10,000 people displaced.
Between May 4 and 5 the Shinbashira and successor designate Daisuke Nakayama visited eight affected churches and offered words of sympathy to earthquake victims.
The first phase or expedition of the Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) was dispatched on April 20 and corps members supported the launch of a disaster volunteer center in Mashikimachi, covered the roofs of affected homes with blue tarp, and removed debris.
The second expedition was dispatched between April 27 and 30 and along with the third to eighth expeditions between May 2 and 20 continued to expand its activities to meet the needs of residents.
On the other hand, Oita Diocese DRHC received a request from Yufu City to carry drinking water to city hall and also engaged in recovery efforts at affected churches.
Until May 20 a total of 2883 people (including 154 Kumamoto Diocese Women’s Association members) from Church Headquarters and Oyasato DRHC, Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Nara, Oita, Osaka, Yamaguchi, Wakayama, Shimane, Okayama, Tottori, Hyogo, Ehime, Kochi, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokushima, Kagawa, Fukui, Mie, Nagano, and Shiga dioceses took part in the relief effort.
Further, among the work petitions submitted to the volunteer center in Mashikimachi, 84 instances of debris removal, 66 block fence dismantling, 147 blue tarp roofing, and 180 home organizing were fulfilled by the DRHC.
Lastly, 10 million yen was donated to Kumamoto prefectural government on May 30.