As the staggering statistics are complied, the loss of life will be in the tens of thousands and the property lost is incalculable at this time. One thing is certain: possessions can be replaced over time, houses and buildings can be rebuilt, but human lives are gone forever.
Families are grieving for their loved ones and their country. Rescue workers are attempting the almost impossible in the devastation around them.
There are shortages in food, water and electricity. Many people are suffering this day.
Aid and assistance are coming from different countries. For truly, this is a catastrophe which touches the global community. Regardless of our differences, we all are one family on this planet traversing the cosmos.
10,000 Feared Dead; Hundreds of Thousands Struggle To Survive Without Food, Water, and Electricity…
Japanese PM says the disaster is the worst hardship since the Second World War
THE ORLANDO SENTINEL
Kan said 12,000 people had been rescued, including about 5,800 people from Kesennuma, a city in Miyagi prefecture hit especially hard by the tsunami. Kan said 100,000 soldiers would be deployed to help victims of Friday’s magnitude 9.0 quake.
Earlier in the day, the head of police at Miyagi prefecture estimated the death toll at more than 10,000 in his prefecture alone, the Kyodo News Agency reported.
With millions already without power, Kan said Japan would undergo planned outages in the coming days to preserve what electricity remained.
NEWS ON JAPAN
About 310,000 people have been evacuated to emergency shelters, many of them without power, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported
“The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the past 65 years since World War II,” Mr Kan said.
“Whether we Japanese can overcome this crisis depends on each of us.
“I strongly believe that we can get over this great earthquake and tsunami by joining together.”
THE VANCOUVER SUN
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Almost 2 million households were without power in the freezing north, according to Kyodo News Agency, and about 1.4 million were without running water. About 300,000 people had been evacuated nationwide as of Sunday, the news agency reported.
Local governments have been unable to account for tens of thousands of people, and at least 20,820 buildings have been fully or partially damaged in quake-hit areas, Kyodo reported.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
The Narahama evacuees huddled in blankets on the floor, including a score of patients from an old peoples’ home, are among the more than 200,000 residents ordered out of an area within a 20 kilometer (12.5 mile) radius of the Daiichi facility, where two reactors have gone into partial meltdown, according to the government, in the wake of Friday’s massive offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Their mood is one of shock and resignation.
A third of Narahama families have someone employed at the nuclear power plant says Makoto Mizenoya, whose mother works in the canteen there. “We never ever expected anything to go wrong,” she says.
BBC NEWS & VIDEOS
The first thing you notice is the silence which seems to hang over the place. There is no sound as we approach this once-thriving coastal town.
Driving round the final bend in the mountain road before making the descent into Minami Sanriku, nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of such destruction.
In my 30 years as a war correspondent I have covered more than 20 conflicts and several major earthquakes, but I have never seen anything on this scale.
G. D. Williams © 2011