Relief Workers in Japan Face Challenges Amidst the Wreckage

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

General view of the rubble of Yamada, Iwate prefecture, on March 15, 2011. Explosions and a fire at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant unleashed dangerous radiation. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The tsunami that hit Japan's coast, washed away streets, brought down buildings and wiped away landmarks, essentially erasing any map of the region. This poses an immense challenge to relief teams who have to work immediately and systematically to save victims.

Christoph Gorder, vice president of emergency response at Americares, explains the challenges relief organizations face when the entire grid of a city has literally been washed away. And Lasse Peterson, international director of Shelter Box, a disaster relief organization, has been to Sendai and Minamisenriku, two of the areas hit the worst by the tsunami. He says houses were literally "reduced to matchsticks."


Christoph Gorder and Lasse Peterson

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

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