13 Apr '11, 9pm

Earthquake relief efforts get boost as Japan's Sendai Airport reopens

TOKYO - Sendai Airport, which was engulfed by the March 11 tsunami, resumed commercial flights yesterday after Japan's Self-Defence Forces and the United States military helped remove uprooted trees, houses and about 5,000 vehicles thrown about by the rushing water. The airport, the largest on the tsunami-hit Tohoku coast, will handle only a few daytime flights for now. Only one terminal is running but its opening should help with relief efforts in regional communities virtually obliterated by the tsunami. The area around the airport, which sits about 1km from the shoreline, remains a twisted wasteland of mud, uprooted trees and smashed buildings. US Air Force Colonel Robert Toth, whose unit specialises in restoring aviation facilities in war zones and disaster areas, was on the first US military plane to land in the area following the disaster. "The reopening at Sendai is...

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