Japan is struggling in the aftermath of an earthquake, tsunami, and a growing nuclear crisis.
The full scale of the disaster is now beginning to emerge, following a devastating tsunami which swept the north-east of Japan following a massive earthquake struck just off the coast.The tidal waters swept away houses, livelihoods and infrastructure, and a nuclear emergency has been declared with explosions at least 1 power station. Much more than 200,000 individuals were evacuated from the region, and 300,000 individuals had to flee their houses across the country.
Immediate humanitarian requirements are water, food, and blankets.
On 4 April, an additional massive earthquake of magnitude 7.1 and depth 49 km struck the Tohoku Province, near the origin of the recent earthquake of 11 March.
Because the earthquake on 11 March, the present confirmed death-toll has risen to 12,500. Much more than 15,000 individuals are still missing.
The highest number of deaths reported are in Miyagi prefecture, Iwate, and Fukushima. The tsunami has further inundated 400 square kilometres in four prefectures. Ministry of Environment estimates that the earthquake and tsunami left these 3 worst hit prefectures under 25 million tons of creating debris.
With damage to road networks and transport infrastructure, movement around the country is still severely restricted. Japanese individuals also face the threat of further earthquakes and fears over radiation released by damaged nuclear-power stations.