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.