Although some 30,000 people remain missing and uncounted for after Japan’s terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami last Friday, according to Kyodo News, some 15,000 citizens have been rescued and about 550,000 evacuated to 2,600 shelters yesterday.
Amid the terrible devastation lies the hope of a resilient people that they can rebuild and recover from the ravages of what is without a doubt one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the world. Hope shines resplendent with the many rescues that are now in progress and in the fact that Japan is blessed with a disaster preparedness program and a solid infrastructure. It was inferior construction materials and techniques in Haiti that greatly exacerbated both the damage done and the overwhelming loss of life after the earthquake that struck Port au Prince last January.
Rescues are difficult. Despite the horror, there is good news for two survivors who were pulled out of the rubble alive four days after the 9.0 earthquake struck. One, a 70-year-old woman was found alive in her home in the town of Otsuchi. Suffering from hypothermia, she was hospitalized, but her condition is not considered life threatening.
A man, whose age is not known, was also rescued in the town of Ishimaki in Miyagi prefecture, an area badly hit by the quake where the tsunami swept away entire towns and villages. Emergency personnel reported that more than 2,000 bodies have been found in this section alone, mirroring this one rescue as not only singular but also miraculous.
The Japanese Red Cross and their 90 medical teams are doing their best to provide care for more than 430,000 citizens trapped in towns along the Japanese coast.
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