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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Three months after tsunami

Three months have passed since the quake and tsunami in Tohoku Region. Today the afflicted people participated in a silent prayer at 2:46 p.m., the exact time the earthquake occurred.

I guess foreign media are no longer reporting circumstances in the disaster areas except the nuclear accident in Fukushima. Japanese media have been reporting daily on the afflicted people and areas since March 11th. The names of recently-identified victims appear in a newspaper every day.

Many people are still searching for their family members.
As of June 10, 15,405 people died, 8,059 are missing and 99,172 are staying in temporary shelters. Drowning due to the tsunami accounted for 95 percent of the total deaths in the areas. Bad odor and dust rubble trouble the afflicted people.

Piles of rubble still remain in the areas. Workers can't use construction equipments to clear away the rubble because keepsakes and bodies are still buried under rubble. Even now, damaged dead bodies get beached on a shore in some area. Divers are struggling to search for missing people in the sea. It takes time to identify a body by use of DNA analsys.

The nuclear accident in Fukushima is not over yet.

Local governments are building temporary housing, but housing stock is not enough. Most of the disaster victims want to live their hometowns, but there are not many building lots suitable for temporary housing.

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