JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling to find food and water following the 8.9 magnitude quake that shook northeastern Japan and caused a powerful tsunami. Officials have now estimated the death toll to climb past 10,000 people. Large areas of the countryside remain surrounded by water and are unreachable.
For Japan, one of the world's leading economies, the disasters have plunged ordinary life into nearly unimaginable deprivation. Charitable groups such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are reaching out, but they need your help.
"What this disaster has taught us is you never know what tomorrow is going to bring. So we want to be able to assist our neighbors overseas whether its down the street or around the corner. You never know what's going to happen here in our area if you need the same assistance," said Tamica Smith Jeuitt with American Red Cross Mississippi Capital River Chapter.
"The long term recovery process will take years if not decades. Some of the areas might not rebuild. That's why it is important to give monetary donations," said Allen Roark, Individual Assistance Specialist in the Office of Recovery for MEMA.
How you can help:
American Red Cross. People can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). From a computer, visit www.redcross.org.
Salvation Army. People can make a $10 donation by texting JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888. Also call 1-800-SAL ARMY (1-800-725-2769). From a computer, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
MEMA suggests visiting www.usaid.gov. Monetary donations are preferable.
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