Relief for Japan continues.
More than 12.500 bodies have been recovered, but Japanese officials say the final death toll could exceed 20,000. At press time, about 15,000 people were still missing, and more than 300,000 had been displaced, according to a statement issued by Archbishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (the Anglican Communion in Japan).
The situation in the disaster area remains "chaotic and confusing as the extent of the loss and damage is so vast," said Action by Churches Together (ACT), a Geneva-based alliance of church-based emergency and development groups that includes PWRDF. Act Alliance said Lutheran groups have formed a joint emergency response team, while another member, CWS, is providing emergency relief to about 25,000 people in evacuation centres.
The relief and rescue phase will end soon, but it is anticipated that the restoration will continue for quite some time. "We believe that it is during this second phase that God will use us to do his work," said Archbishop Uematsu.
Reports by Marites N. Sison and Diana Swift, staff writers
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|Title Annotation:||NEWS ROUNDUP|
|Author:||N. Sison, Marites; Swift, Diana|
|Date:||May 1, 2011|
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