19 Mar '11, 9am

Warmer weather relieves misery of Japan tsunami victims

SENDAI - A WARM front in north-east Japan has brought some respite to hundreds of thousands of homeless tsunami victims after days of freezing temperatures carpeted the region in snow and ice. Although still bitterly cold at night, the mercury climbed to 10 deg C on Saturday in coastal Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, which bore the brunt of the giant wave triggered by a huge earthquake on March 11. The misery of the survivors - more than half a million of whom remain in evacuation shelters with no power and scant fuel, food and water - had been compounded by a severe cold snap on Wednesday that lasted for three days. The freezing weather was blamed for the deaths of a number of elderly, already weakened survivors, who had suffered most from the lack of power and heating in the ill-equipped shelters. Japan's weather agency advised that the warmer weather might only be tempora...

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