09 Sep '11, 6am

Victims struggle six months on from Japan quake: TOKYO: As Japan prepares to mark six months since the March ear...

TOKYO: As Japan prepares to mark six months since the March earthquake, tens of thousands remain in temporary housing, mourning loved ones, fearful of radiation and despairing over a marathon road to recovery. The raging wall of water unleashed by the record 9.0 magnitude March 11 quake left an indelible scar on Japan's northeastern Pacific coast, killing 20,000 and sparking the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Much rubble has been cleared, leaving vast empty mud fields. Makeshift shelters at schools and public halls have closed after temporary housing was hastily constructed. But mental scars will take longer to heal. "People talk about recovery, but there is no such thing here," said fisherman Take Tachibana, 66, still searching for his sister's body after the tsunami took his house, his boat and 600 lives from his town of Yamada. "It is too early to ...

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