Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kan Naoto first visit areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan

Tokyo. .- The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, today visited Rikuzentakata, a town of 25,000 inhabitants that was swept by the tsunami of 11 March, where he met with evacuees to convey government support. This is the first visit to Japan chief executive of the areas devastated by the earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale and the tsunami that left at least 11,800 dead and more than 15,500 missing in northeastern Japan, according to latest figures.

Kan, clad in blue overalls emergency helicopter arrived Rikuzentakata early morning and was greeted by the mayor, Futoshi Toba, which enabled facilities such as temporary council was informed about the situation in the city. Located on the coast of Iwate province, Rikuzentakata had a concrete wall designed to contain potential tsunamis, but the gates could not be closed in time and the huge wave destroyed about 80 percent of the buildings.

Khan also visited the local fire team, decimated by the disaster and whose head was also washed away, and then met with a group of 250 refugees in a primary school place. The Prime Minister assured them that the Government will be with them "until the end" and provide them the necessary assistance to rebuild their homes and resume their activities, NHK television reported.

Iwate province was, along with those of Miyagi and Fukushima, one of the most affected by the earthquake on 11, which Khan himself described as the worst disaster experienced by Japan since World War II. In Fukushima, the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami crisis is compounded by the Daiichi nuclear plant, where he works tirelessly to try to control problems in four of its six nuclear reactors contain radioactive leaks.

Kan, after visiting Rikuzentakata, went to a forward operating base near the nuclear plant to meet with military officers involved in efforts to control the plant. The base is in the range of 20 kilometers, the Government ordered to evacuate due to high radioactivity, while residents between 20 and 30 miles were urged to stay indoors with doors and windows closed or moved to other places beyond.

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