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The Great East Japan Earthquake (40th report): Outline

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As of 10:00 April 05, 2011

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) 1. Main Responses by MLIT

14:46 March 11: Emergency Standby 5:15 March 11: Established Emergency Headquarters of MLIT 15:45 March 11: Held first meeting of the Emergency Headquarters, 33 meetings by 18:00 April 4. As the Government's Investigation team, dispatched Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Ichimura to Miyagi from the 11th and Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Tsugawa to Fukushima from March 12. Dispatch of MLIT employees (273 as of April 4; 10,389 in total) including TEC-FORCE (231 as of April 4; 8,037 in total) Dispatch of disaster response machinery (lighting vehicles, drainage pump vehicles, satellite communication vehicles, headquarters vehicles, etc. (165 as of April 4; 3,968 in total) Response forces of the Japan Coast Guard (as of April 4, 54 patrol boats, 19 aircrafts, 16 special rescue squadders, etc.; 1,335 ships, 485 aircrafts and 598 persons in total) The construction of 4,216 emergency temporary houses has been started. 2,066 houses are to be started. (On March 14, the Minister requested Japan Federation of Housing Organization to supply about 30,000 houses in about two months. 2,500 out of 20,000 public houses (as ofApril 4) as well as 570 out of 2,600 UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) rental houses (as of March 31) available for afflicted people were assigned.

  1. Damages to facilities under the jurisdiction of MLIT

Road: 1 expressways, 18 national highways (under MLIT's management), 31 national highways (under management of local government), and 232 prefectural and municipal roads are closed. Railway: Service stopped on 24 lines of 7 operators in Tohoku. (including Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen) Airport: Only Sendai Airport closed. (3,000m runway provisionally used 24 hours for only rescue planes) Port: 15 of 15 ports in the afflicted area are usable. (Quay walls are partly available (Excluding Aomori Port). As most facilities need repair, they are available under the restriction of draft and/or load.) Bus: 36 operators are partially out of service. Sea routes at remote islands: 3 of 4 operators partially resume the service. 1 operators are out of service. River: Damages at 1,724 points in rivers under the jurisdiction of MLIT, such as dike failures occurred at Kitakami, Abukuma, Tone Rivers and others. (Numerous damages along rivers flowing into the Pacific, from Tohoku to Kanto areas.) Coast: Of coastal dikes extending over a distance of some 300km in prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, some 190km totally or partially failed. Tsunami caused inundation damages over some 451km² ((plotted from interpretation of areal photographs) Sabo facility: Many occurrences of landslides including 78 sediment disasters. Sewerage: In 11 prefectures, 64 treatment facilities and 74 pump facilities are damaged. Sewers are also damaged. (Other non-confirmed facilities are under survey.)

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