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WBU expresses solidarity with members in Japan

The World Blind Union extends deepest sympathies to all members in Japan affected by Typhoon Hagibis which struck central and northern Japan killing over 50 people, injuring hundreds while others are still missing. 

The typhoon has caused widespread devastation and disruption to infrastructure. 

The WBU is monitoring the crisis with deep concern and appealing to aid agencies and emergency responders to consider special needs of blind and partially sighted persons affected by the typhoon. In particular, WBU is calling on the aid agencies to provide information in accessible formats including audio, large print and braille. In addition, emergency services including medical, health, rehabilitation and re-settlement should be accessible to all victims of the typhoon.

The World Blind Union advocates for protection of the rights of blind and partially sighted persons in situations of disaster, humanitarian emergency or conflict, to ensure that all services and programs are accessible to them.