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    Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Survivors Face Arduous Rebuild


    by NTDTelevision

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    The full extent of the damage from the quake and tsunami that swept through northeast Japan on March 11 is only starting to emerge. Tsunami survivors are now coming to terms with the tragedy and are facing a long and arduous task of rebuilding their lives.

    Homes still lay in ruins, businesses closed, and power lines remain disrupted.

    There is no doubting the enormity of the task facing Japan.

    More than 8,000 were killed by the earthquake and 30 foot tsunami which smashed the country's northeast coast, wiping whole towns off the map.

    Economists estimate that rebuilding from the disaster will cost as much as $200 billion.

    Some survivors could not even begin the process of cleaning up, still in search of missing loved ones.

    [Satoshi Ogasawara, House Owner]:
    "I started cleaning up yesterday but I just couldn't do it. My brother went missing and I want to look for him first. So I just stopped what I was doing and waited on my brother instead."

    He has still not found his brother.

    Troops of the Self Defense Forces are in the quake stricken region helping in the recovery efforts.

    But residents say they can't do the job alone.

    [Satoru Kono, High School Graduate]:
    "We are really grateful that we have the Self Defense Force here, but it would also be nice to have the U.S., British or Korean military to help out in this operation."

    According to the Japanese foreign ministry, 128 countries and 33 international organizations have offered assistance.

    The Japanese are also pulling together to help each other.

    Volunteers and local residents are helping those with no shelter.