- Title: JAPAN: Snow compounds misery for tsunami survivors
- Date: 16th March 2011
- Summary: KAMAISJI, JAPAN (MARCH 17, 2011) (REUTERS) JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS ON LADDER CHECKING HOUSE JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS WATCHING JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS ON LADDER JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS LOWER THE BODY OF A VICTIM FROM A TWO STORY HOUSE WHICH WAS PARTIALLY DESTROYED IN THE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTER MAKING NOTES JAPANESE FIRE FIGHTERS CARRY THE BODY OF A VICTIM ACROSS DEBRIS OTSUCHI, JAPAN (MARCH 17, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RESCUE WORKERS SEARCHING THROUGH DEBRIS RESCUE WORKERS BESIDE EARTH MOVING MACHINES YAMADA, JAPAN (MARCH 17, 2011) (REUTERS) BOAT ON ROOF OF BUILDING SHIP DOCKED DAMAGED BARRIER/DAMAGED HOUSE ON TOP OF WALL VARIOUS OF DEBRIS
- Embargoed: 31st March 2011 13:00
- Location: Japan, Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA5YCZVQBEN5OR147866ZYAH9JK
- Story Text: The plight of hundreds of thousands left homeless by the earthquake and tsunami worsened on Thursday (March 17), following a cold snap that brought heavy snow to worst-affected areas.
Supplies of water and heating oil are low at evacuation centres, where many survivors wait bundled in blankets.
About 850,000 households in the north were still without electricity in near-freezing weather, Tohuku Electric Power Co. said, and the government said at least 1.5 million households lack running water.
Takanori Watanabe, a Red Cross doctor in Otsuchi, a low-lying town where more than half the 17,000 residents are still missing said many people had fallen ill, with diarrhoea and other symptoms.
The National Police Agency said it has confirmed 4,314 deaths in 12 prefectures as of midnight Wednesday, while 8,606 people remained unaccounted for in six prefectures.
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