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Humanitarian concerns rising in Japan

03-15-2011 08:21 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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The official death toll in Japan is nearly at two-thousand now, and that doesn't include the 24-hundred that are still unaccounted for.

Millions of people in Japan's devastated northeast were spending a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures, as tens of thousands of rescue workers struggled to reach them.

The humanitarian crisis, was unfolding on multiple fronts -- from a sudden rise: in newly orphaned children; lack of basic necessities,including fuel and electricity to overflowing toilets in overwhelmed shelters; thus resulting in the erratic care of traumatized survivors.

Local officials had lost contact with about 30 thousand people, according to a survey by Kyodo News, raising concerns of a dramatic increase in the number of dead. Transportation disruptions, have crippled, much, of the northeast of Japan's main Honshu island, thus hampering relief efforts.

The government has mobilised 100 thousand soldiers to deliver food, water and fuel. Emergency workers have so far rescued 15 thousand people and about 550 thousand had been evacuated by Monday to nearly 3 thousand shelters in six prefectures.




Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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