14 Mar '11, 4am

Millions face worsening crisis in quake-hit Japan

SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan faces a growing humanitarian crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat. As officials on Sunday predicted the death toll could top 10,000, the country mobilised 100,000 soldiers to deliver food, water and fuel, and pull stranded survivors from buildings and damaged homes. More than 450,000 people had been evacuated. It is one of the largest aid deployments of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and doubles the number of troops from Saturday. "I would like to believe that there still are survivors," said Masaru Kudo, a soldier dispatched to help survivors in Rikuzentakata, a nearly flattened village of 24,500 people in far-northern Iwate prefecture . Two days after neighbourhoods were submerged by waves that swallowed an estimated 5,000 ...

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