Japan:-Homeless, Hungry and now Snow.

As if the people of Japan haven’t been through enough, it has now been snowing for the last couple of days, reports are saying it has gone down as far as -3 deg, and with only intermittent power, it must be really cold for everyone. They are estimating that there are around 500 thousand homeless, also around 100 thousand children without parents. The death toll at the time of doing this post stands at 16, 900 people, it is just mind-boggling to imagine that number of people.

Fresh water, and food is scarce at the moment, and people are having to line up in the snow to get whatever provisions they can, but nobody has complained, the people just do whatever they can, to survive this terrible time. There are also reports saying that there is no looting, unlike here in OZ, the looters can’t wait to go through shops and people’s homes when we have our floods or cyclones.

But it is good to see a lot of Country’s are already in Japan and helping as much as possible. The Country’s that I know are there :- Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, US, Germany and France, these are the one’s I know about. A lot more information in the articles below.

“It is three-below out here so it’s pretty cold especially coming from Australia,” Supt Reeson said. The Australian crew have been joined by Swiss and New Zealand teams in the town. There are 100,000 Japan Self-Defence Forces personnel in the country’s northeast. They are working alongside more than 50,000 US troops and emergency workers from Germany and France. Herald Sun.

JAPAN is continuing to battle a nuclear and humanitarian crisis as engineers work to restore power to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, while the toll of dead and missing from the quake and tsunami reaches 16,900. “We’re already seeing families huddling around gas fires for warmth. In these sorts of temperatures, young children are vulnerable to chest infections and flu,” Save the Children’s Steve McDonald said, estimating the disaster had left 100,000 children homeless.  Courier Mail.

Survivors of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami make hot-water bottles at a shelter Tuesday night, March 15, 2011, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Japan is confronting an escalating humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands of people left homeless in freezing temperatures and millions more braving chronic shortages of food, water and power. The Australian.

“ON the BBC this morning they showed some people wearing masks,” said Tomoko Wilson, exasperated.
“I mean, it’s the hay fever season, that’s why people are wearing masks — not fear of radiation.”
Tomoko and Tom Wilson, an Adelaide man who has lived in Japan for almost 10 years, are stayers and expecting their first child in four weeks. The Australian.

The normally packed shopping strip of Ginza, Tokyo, is dark and deserted (left) as rolling blackouts hit Japan’s capital in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Pictures: AP, AFP Source: HWT Image Library

Tokyo it is one of the great cities of the world, home to 13 million and as advanced as any metropolis on the planet. Its lights have been cut, supermarket shelves are empty, there are queues for everything and aftershocks come every day. Herald Sun.

Tiedemann illustrates how the Japanese have kept their dignity in the face of disaster. Illustration: Tiedemann, Daily Telegraph

THERE is stoicism. There is dignity. There is even an unthinkable resilience in the face of major disaster.
This battered nation has acquitted itself admirably. The Japanese have shown an admirable stoicism and dignity that has had the world agape with admiration. Survivors queue for eight or more hours for food and water.
The rest of Japan voluntarily reduces non-essential power use, reducing the need for official blackouts.
Shops in Tokyo tell customers: “Only one bottle of water per person. People are thirsty.” Herald Sun.

See more amazing pictures:- Japan Day 6. Courier Mail Picture Gallery.
Japan Day 7. Courier Mail Picture Gallery.

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6 Responses to Japan:-Homeless, Hungry and now Snow.

  1. Ron says:

    I think your coverage of Japan has been great, with plenty of information, in this post the article about Japanese having a lot of dignity I thought was great.
    What happened to the weekend jokes?? As soon as I am able to get onto the computer on Saturday mornings, I go straight to your blog to read your weekend jokes, you disappointed me today. 😦

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Ron,
      Thank You, I also like that article, and it was very well written as well I thought.

      Sorry about that Ron, but the weekend jokes will be in the blog tomorrow I promise. Sometimes I do put them in on a Sunday, but I admit it is rare, but I always put them in, as I know I have a few people that love reading the weekend jokes. Again I’m sorry your were disappointed.

  2. Jemma says:

    Wow, this sounds horrific! I admit, it’s easy sometimes to move on from international devastation when it is no longer in the news 24/7 so articles like this really bring it home again.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Jemma,
      Horrific is definitely the right word, it just goes from bad to worse for these people, you just feel so helpless, at least the Japanese people know that Governments from other parts of the world are behind them and helping in anyway possible.

  3. travelrat says:

    What can you say?

    Maybe Japan (and Queensland) will be held up as examples of what to do when disaster strikes; I’d love to have seen the footage that Mike K-H mentioned in my comments of Kevin Rudd ‘doing his bit’

    What’s impressed me is that firefighters and others are prepared to go unquestioningly into harm’s way to get those reactors under control … even at a real and certain risk to their own health, and even their lives.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Keith,
      You are right about Queensland and Japan, but I really believe the people of Japan do show the rest of the world how to hold up in terrible circumstances, that is what I was trying to achieve with this post, how the people are coping with enormous pressures that seem to get worse as time goes on, but no one is complaining, and I think they are just taking one day at a time, and I think the people of Japan have shown the rest of the world how to do this.

      You would of had a good laugh if you would of seen the footage of Kevin Rudd. Unfortunately here in Queensland we were seeing him on TV just about every night on the news, yes Kevin helping the flood victims, and boy didn’t he play it to the media. Oh yes he was helping with all the rubbish in the mud etc. The funny thing was, he always had on a white shirt, and when he was shown helping out he was spotlessly clean?? I know the people I was working with, as well as myself, we had mud everywhere on our cloths etc, it was unavoidable, Kevin Rudd is an inspiration to all , how to help clean up in mud up to your knees and stay clean.

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