The picture above was taken earlier today (March 16) in Otuchi, Japan. A recovery team is extracting a body from the rubble in a snowfall. Over 400,000 — perhaps more than 500,000 — are in emergency shelters. Lack of electricity means lack of heat for most of the Sendai coast.
There are increasing reports of insufficient water and food supplies getting into the Northeast.
If HLSwatch readers see/hear updates on the Japanese domestic supply chain, I would appreciate your help in capturing these reports. Please use the comment function. Several reports suggest more delay than I would have anticipated. Just one report from yesterday (and I do not want to make too much of it):
The Japanese Department of Social Services has requested a pause in immediate food distribution until the mechanism for coordination can be established to prevent duplication and the marginalization of smaller communities. “Getting precise information and the holistic picture of the damages on the ground still remains a challenge…”
In the current situation getting “precise information” and a “holistic picture” is beyond anyone’s capability. This includes our ability at this distance to access the information that would help us help… and help us learn how to help ourselves. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
I continue to be impressed with what Kyodo News Agency is producing.
ReliefWeb is hitting its as usual impressive stride. Access its special section on the situation in Japan.