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The People in Japan who have taken refuge in schools and community centers are suffering in cold, crowded unheated buildings without sanitation and little food or water. Many of them are old people who have no medication and are in danger from cold and dehydration. They suffer the most:
"For survivors, in a still-wintry climate, the battle is to keep the elderly healthy and alive.
A hospital in Tagajo was cleaning off muddy medicine Thursday and trying to keep its 90 patients alive without water or electricity. A large generator and two portable toilets were delivered by the Japanese military.
"We've been told we'll get medicine sometime next week," said Daisuke Toraiwa, a physical therapist at the hospital."
"Fourteen older patients died after being moved to a temporary shelter in a school gym because their hospital was in the evacuation zone near the overheating plant.
Two of the patients died in transit Monday and 12 more at the gym, said Chuei Inamura, a Fukushima government official. It took until Thursday to get all the remaining patients into other hospitals.
"We feel very helpless and very sorry for them," Inamura said. "The condition at the gymnasium was horrible. No running water, no medicine and very, very little food. We simply did not have the means to provide good care."
Doctors Without Borders is working in Japan fighting dehydration, hypothermia, and shock especially among the elderly. Their team is small and they are not yet accepting funds earmarked for Japan, as their work is being funded from their general fund. Donations to this group will always do good as they are at work in war zones and disaster areas through out the world many of them places to which few pay attention (Ivory Coast for instance).
Food shipments and aid have been slowed by the lack of petrol, damage to roads, and what is most poignant, fear of radiation.
World Vision has a team in the affected area. They have found children and old people sleeping on the floor on nothing but a sheet of cardboard. http://wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf/updates/311A691F4CBEC17888257854005817DA?opendocument
A blog of a world vision relief worker, Mitsuko Sobata can be found here: http://blog.worldvision.org/stories/notes-from-a-japan-aid-worker/?lpos=ctr_txt_readmore_NotesfromaJapanaidworker
An old man describes his experiences after the tsunami to her: “The night was cold and only 2 houses remained unwashed by the tsunami, we put up two nights there. There was no electricity, it was dark. We started a small fire and I used snow water to boil rice. It was just a small amount but 30 of us shared that meal together. There were some children too.”
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