Disaster preparedness, relief and recovery

 
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Monthly Report vol.12

One year in the disaster area

At 14:46 local time on March 11, 2011, a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred on the pacific coast along from Sanriku to Ibaraki coast. Tsunami caused by the earthquake and aftershocks killed a lot of people. Still, more than 3,000 people were reported missing. The life of survivors has drastically changed. One year has passed since the great East Japan Earthquake. What do people in the disaster area think? How do they feel?

-"I still hate the Tsunami. It washed away everything. At first I didn't know what to do. I cried over what I lost every day. However, as time went by, I came to think positively. Only one year. From now on, I will step forward year by year."

-"It is no use crying over spilt milk. We, survivors should just go forward."

-"It is the first anniversary commemorating a lot of people who were killed in the disaster. I can't have clear image of reconstruction. One year cannot be a milestone for reconstruction."

-"After the disaster I have just continued to work hard. For the first anniversary, I want to meet my friends to think back and to talk about one another. Then I will go forward together with my friends. There are a lot of things I can't do by my self."

-"Every time I talked about my experience to people from outside, I recalled painfull memories and felt sad."

-"It was a very long year for me. With the help from a lot of volunteers across Japan and support organizations, we have got through difficulties so far. After people from outside go back to their home, we have to work by ourselves in order not to make our community go into decline."

Memories of that day, experiences during one year after the disaster, anxiety about the future. Different people have different emotions. From now on individual power and ties among people are becoming important than ever.

 

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Kaori Neki

Tokyo, . Japan

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