At 2:46 p.m. March 18, the disaster-hit north of
The disaster displaced some 380,000 people, who are currently living in over 2,000 shelters.
Friday Yoshihiro Murai, the governor of hard-hit Miyagi prefecture, suggested they might move to other parts of
Murai says there are 220,000 people homeless in his prefecture, and the local government will not be able to provide temporary housing for them any time soon. He says he will ask survivors to consider moving so they can enjoy better living conditions.
Aid continues to roll into the area, but damage to infrastructure is making distribution difficult. Life remains tough for the displaced, with complaints about shortages of food, water and gasoline.
But, day by day, more roads are being reopened allowing trucks of relief goods to reach most victims. However, some communities remain cut off.
On Friday evening, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto
Kan said he understands people in shelters are cold and don't have enough food, but the government is doing all it can. He said he hopes to return a sense of security to them soon.