Pair found in rubble in Ishinomaki
Monday, March 21, 2011http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110321a5.html
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Pref. (Kyodo) An 80-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were rescued from a demolished house in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday, nine days after the magnitude 9 quake and ensuing tsunami devastated the area, local police said.
Sumi Abe and her grandson Jin, who were taken to Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital, sustained no injuries, although Jin is suffering from hypothermia, the police said.
During the search for survivors in the city, four local police officers found the boy on the roof of the demolished house calling for help. They later found the woman after the boy told them she was in the house.
The boy said they had been stranded at the house since the quake hit on March 11 and survived by eating yogurt and drinking water and Coca-Cola stored in the refrigerator.No. of dead or missing tops 20,000
Sunday 20th March, 08:15 PM JSThttp://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/360000-evacuees-endure-cold-weather-no-of-dead-or-missing-nears-20000
The number of dead and missing from last week’s devastating earthquake rose to 20,999 as of Sunday 8 p.m.—8,277 confirmed deaths in 12 prefectures and 12,722 unaccounted for in six prefectures, according to the National Police Agency.
The death toll is expected to top 15,000 in Miyagi Prefecture alone, the local police chief said Sunday. ‘‘Bodies washed away by the tsunami will be recovered by the thousand per day from now on,’’ Miyagi prefectural police chief Naoto Takeuchi said at a meeting.
About 35,500 evacuees continued to endure cold weather at makeshift shelters in 15 prefectures, including Tokyo, as relief materials such as blankets arrived in Japan from overseas.
The relief supplies from 14 economies included 25,000 blankets from Canada, 30,000 packets of boil-in-the-bag fried rice and 230,000 water bottles from South Korea and 500 power generators from Taiwan, according to Japanese authorities.
The evacuees included 20,000 residents from areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, who have moved to seven other prefectures such as Niigata, Yamagata and Tochigi.
In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, Mayor Koki Kato was found dead Saturday, prefectural officials said. The mayor had been missing since being washed away by the tsunami during an emergency meeting held shortly after the March 11 2:46 p.m. quake.
Crematoriums in disaster-hit areas are having trouble handling work due to overcapacity and a lack of fuel, prompting some municipalities to allow burials out of hygienic consideration, including the city of Higashimatsushima, Miyagi.