Aftermath of Japan earthquake and tsunami
Two survivors of the Japan earthquake have been pulled alive from the
rubble, four days after the 9.0 magnitude tremor, reports SkyNews.
A 70-year-old woman was found alive in her house in the town of
Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, public broadcaster NHK reported. She was
suffering from hypothermia but was not in a life-threatening
condition, it said, adding that she had been hospitalised.
A man, whose age was not given, was rescued in the town of Ishimaki in
Miyagi prefecture, the network said.
Miyagi was particularly badly hit by the quake and the subsequent
tsunami that swept away whole towns and villages. Emergency personnel
were reported to have found 2,000 bodies in the prefecture on Monday.
The rare rescues came just a day after a four-month-old girl was
plucked - apparently uninjured - from the rubble of the town of
Ishinomaki, also in Miyagi.
Emergency workers had rescued 15,000 people and about 550,000 had been
evacuated to about 2,600 shelters across six prefectures by Monday,
Kyodo News reported.
However, local officials are estimated to have lost contact with about
Roads and rail, power and ports have been crippled across much of the
northeast of Japan's Honshu island, hampering relief efforts.
The government has mobilised 100,000 soldiers to deliver food, water
and fuel and around 70 countries have offered assistance.
"It is the elderly who have been hit the hardest," said Patrick Fuller
of the International Federation of Red Cross, in a memo written from
"The tsunami engulfed half the town and many lie shivering
uncontrollably under blankets. They are suffering from hypothermia
having been stranded in their homes without water or electricity."
The Japanese Red Cross has deployed about 90 medical teams who are
trying to provide the basics in care for 430,000 in remote towns
spread along the coast.