Delivering relief supplies to isolated families by drones in landslide-affected areas of Oita Prefecture

Oita Prefecture has announced the use of drones to survey damage and deliver relief supplies to isolated families in Kawanishi, Yufuin-cho, Yufu City, where a landslide occurred on the night of June 30th. The survey of the damage is said to be the first measure taken under an agreement signed in March between the prefecture and the Prefectural Drone Agreement, which consists of companies that use drones.

Delivering relief supplies to isolated families by drones in landslide-affected areas of Oita Prefecture

Delivering relief supplies to isolated families by drones in landslide-affected areas of Oita Prefecture

At the site of the landslide, a house was engulfed in earth and sand, and a nearby family was temporarily isolated. The next day, July 1, according to the agreement, Sato Tetsuko of Yufu City, at the request of the prefecture, flew a drone that captured the video and shared it with Yufu City, the city’s fire department, and the prefectural police.

On the same day, another company delivered relief supplies (about 5 kilograms), including wireless phones and food, to isolated families via drone. It took about 2 hours from the ground, but we delivered it in just 3 minutes.

Under the agreement, all 31 companies have become survey partners and are ready to work. The county’s Office of New Industry Promotion said, “We were able to utilize the initial response. We will continue to utilize it to keep the citizens of the county safe.”

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