March 16, 2011
After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated entire villages on the eastern coast of Japan, the number of dead or missing has risen to 11,000 with 3,373 people confirmed dead as of Tuesday, reports M&C
"My daughter was swept away, I still don't know where she is," one woman told NHK television.
Despite long lines for food and water and scarce fuel, many survivors still remain hopeful.
In Kesennuma, helicopters worked around the clock to lift tsunami survivors to dry land all along the coast. Uniformed Japanese defence forces surveyed flooded towns on flat boats picking up survivors.
Other rescue workers combed through the water logged debris partnered with sniffer dogs that were determined to find all living survivors.
Amidst all the chaos and destruction, some miracles have happened.
After three torturous days, a mother wept for joy as she finally embraced her small daughter once again.
Rescue workers found a four-month-old miracle baby wrapped in a pink fleece four days after she was violently ripped from her parents arms. Now this baby is reunited with her parents, NHK reports.
In Kesennuma, Chuzo Nagganuma, 73, and his wife Reiko, 72, celebrated their survival by collecting a few belongings from their devastated home, according to European Pressphoto Agency.
Nearly four days after the tsunami destroyed the coastline of eastern Japan, rescue workers found a man who survived in a collapsed building in Ishinomaki City and a 70-year-old woman survivor in Otsuchi. Both are reported to be in relatively good condition, according to the source.Japanese Tsunami Survivors in Pictures