04 May '11, 3am

Flowers encourage disaster victims

Flowers encourage disaster victims

NATORI, JAPAN -People affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have been encouraged by flowers. Carnations have started blooming on land that was inundated by the tsunami on March 11 in Natori, which is the biggest producer of the flower in the Tohoku region. Shunetsu Sugai, 61, a farmer in Kozukahara district in Natori, owns greenhouses covering 3,300 square meters of ground. All the greenhouses were flooded by the tsunami and two-thirds of them were left covered in soil and sand. But, as April started, the surviving carnations started to bloom. Sugai has sold these carnations together with flowers from other farmers in front of a supermarket since mid-April. Sales of what the farmers have dubbed "tsunami-resistant flowers" are healthy. One day, the entire supply of 150 bunches sold out in just 90 minutes. "I hope flowers will brighten the hearts of disaster-affect...

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