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The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake - Situation Report 15

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  • 131,000 evacuees still in shelter

  • heavy rains affected already vulnerable areas

  • collaborative movements of NGOs for the recovery gradually increase

With the massive earthquake and the following tsunamis happened on 11 March 2011 (14:46 JST), the death toll is still raising and reached 14,294 today. The total of those killed and missing are now 26,320. After 6 weeks from the disaster 12,026 people are still missing.

There are 131,408 evacuees still staying in evacuation shelters today. More than 40,000 are still living in shelters in Iwate. At the same time, there are some people who had been out of relief operation, especially those towns where citizens’ basis data were lost. An evacuation drill was organized voluntarily at a shelter in Ofunato city, Iwate. About 100 people joined the drill.

Over the weekend, heavy rains hit the affected area and wide areas of Otuchi town, Iwate was submerged to water (max=20cm). In Miyako city, Miyagi Prefecture, a temporary constructed prefectural road was damaged due to the rain. The metrological agency warns strong rain and aftershocks.