Worries Mount, Food Runs Short For Japanese Victims
Basically no good news for those who were displaced by the earthquakes, tsunamis, and radiation leakage that has devastated Japan. But efforts to help those who are left with out home, food, or water are continuing. Keeping informed about what is happening will show us the best way that we can help.
^Before and After near Ishinomaki^
(Reuters) - A widening cloud of radiation on Tuesday added to the misery of millions of people in Japan's devastated northeast, already short of water and food and trying to keep warm in near-freezing temperatures.
As bodies washed up on the coast from Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, injured survivors, children and elderly crammed into makeshift shelters, often without medicine. By Monday, 550,000 people had been evacuated after the cataclysmic events that killed at least 10,000.
Panic swept Tokyo after a rise in radioactive levels around an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant north of the city, causing some to leave the capital and others to stock up on food and supplies.
The humanitarian crisis was unfolding on multiple fronts -- from a sudden rise in orphaned children to shortages of water, food and electricity to overflowing toilets in packed shelters and erratic care of traumatized survivors.
With homes leveled, towns washed away and jobs gone, many were wondering if they stay and rebuild.
"We survived, but what are we supposed to do from here?" said Sachiko Sugawara, 63, now living at one of the shelters.
Bodies were stacking up at morgues and the chronically ill were running out of medicine.
"People are exhausted both physically and mentally," said Yasunobu Sasaki, the principal of a school converted into a shelter in Rikuzentakata, a nearly flattened village of 24,500 people in far-northern Iwate prefecture.
Local officials have lost contact with about 30,000 people, according to a survey by Kyodo News, raising concerns of a dramatic increase in the number of dead as authorities grapple with Japan's biggest emergency since World War Two.
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