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8 quake-hit cities, towns in Ishikawa Prefecture still without water; death toll 232


Twenty days after an earthquake struck Ishikawa Prefecture, eight cities and towns on the Noto Peninsula continue to be without water.

Water is still cut off in almost the entire area from Suzu City to Shiga Town, and approximately 50,000 homes in the prefecture are without water, NHK reported Saturday.

The death toll from the quake stands at 232, the majority (197) being in Suzu and Wajima cities. Twenty-two people are still unaccounted for.

On Saturday, a funeral was held in Anamizu for 10 members of one extended family. Naoyuki Teramoto, who lives in Kanazawa City, lost 10 people when his wife's family home was caught in a landslide. The victims were his wife, four children, his parents-in-law and brother-in-law's family. The group had been celebrating the new year together at the time of the disaster.

Another man whose wife and three children perished in the quake in Suzu City, has spoken to media for the first time.

Keisuke Oma, 42, lost his wife Haruka, 38, eldest daughter Yuka, 11, eldest son Taisuke, 9, and second son Minatosuke, 3, while they were at his wife’s family home. He told TV Asahi that when the house began to shake, he went outside by himself to check on the surroundings, but before he realized what was happening, a landslide engulfed the home, killing all inside.

Oma, who lives in Kanazawa City, says he often bursts into tears and sometimes thinks it would have been better to die with his family. He told TV Asahi he must go on “because for some reason I was given life.”

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One wondering if it would be better to move to areas where the risk of natural disasters are lower. You aren't likely to get a landslide in Tokyo for example.

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I wonder why the authorities cant arrange the water supply by special water carrying cars or whatever

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I wonder why the authorities cant arrange the water supply by special water carrying cars or whatever

They do. But two points:

How much water one person uses per day is pretty large.

Functional infrastructure is required.
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How about re-housing the people instead of wasting billions on an area that will be naturally depopulated in 20 years?

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Here's a Japanese story about the poor man who lost his family. He lived with his wife and three kids (RIP) in his inlaw's house. It looks like it took a direct hit in a massive mudslide.


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So sorry for the loss.

I lived through the Sylmar earthquake of 1971, and will never be able to forget it. Dad was struck on the head and became unconscious. Mom lost the ability to speak for two days. A neighbor died when he was hit in the head by debris falling in an aftershock. When the appropriate entity was finally able to restore water to the mains where we live, we found out that the house had moved two inches away from the street, and that particular water line also had to be repaired. Over 60 people died in that earthquake, much fewer than the most recent quake in Japan, but still bad. Every single house and business in the area sustained damage.

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As many Japanese keep suffering the Government does nothing for them and keeps throwing money overseas!

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I lived through the Sylmar earthquake of 1971

So did my dad. He also live through the '94 quake. One of the things he told me about those natural disaster was that state informed the public that they wouldn't be able to genuinely help them for several days because they had "bigger" issues to tackle. So it was up to the public to take care of themselves in the mean time.

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And yet the LDP signs away billions of dollars for US military equipment. It's more important to fritter away massive amounts of money on useless arms than do something to assist people in need.

And useless moon landings.

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If Japan had a change of leadership in the next election, does anyone think that the new ruling party would be much quicker to respond to these consultant natural disasters? Could they be any worse? The response time from this government to this disasters reminds me of a one legged tortoise.

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Japan needs its own FEMA.

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Japan needs its own FEMA.

FEMA is actually a completely useless: https://odysee.com/@johnstossel:7/classic-stossel-disaster-relief:f

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