By Yuki Matsuoka
KOBE, 11 March 2013 - Almost two years after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström paid a return visit to one of the worst-affected towns, Minami-Sanriku, in Miyagi Prefecture, and met with the Mayor, Mr. Jin Sato.
Minami-Sanriku was hard hit by the March 11 tsunami. The town lost 566 of its 17,300 inhabitants, and 226 are still unaccounted for. The damage was immense, 3,142 houses were completely washed away and another 169 severely damaged and left uninhabitable.