Women - Face to Face With Disaster
Friday 11th March, 2011 at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) an earthquake with the magnitude of 8.9, the biggest to hit Japan in 140 years struck 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo triggering a 10-metre tsunami that pounded the country’s east coast.
Natural disasters have always been a fact of life in human history. Natural disasters devastate entire communities. During and after these disasters, women and children suffer the most. Yet time and again women have always proven themselves indispensable when it comes to responding to disasters.
We have just celebrated The International Women’s day last 8th March 2011.
However today we witnessed a disaster beyond belief and beyond words; the loss of many lives, properties and the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami.
May we extend our deepest sympathies to families and loved ones of those Japanese killed on this tragic day.
Though we cannot possibly feel this pain as you do, we have you in our hearts and our thoughts.
Updates: 13 March 2011
Where there was once a thriving town, buildings are now covered with mud in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi after the tsunami drowned the entire town.
Amidst tsunami flood waters burning houses and ships are piled in a mass of debris in Kisenuma city, Miyagi prefecture