April 24, 2011 by USA Post
Japan Bodies, Thousands of Japanese soldiers are to resume their search for the bodies of people killed in last month’s earthquake and tsunami, despite the hopes that many will recover are fading away.
About 14,300 people have been confirmed to die in the disaster of March 11, but more than ,000 others are missing. Many are believed to have been swept out to sea or trapped under rubble.
Nearly 25,000 soldiers will be deployed, along with nearly 90 helicopters and planes, 50 ships and 100 Navy divers to search the remains of the devastated cities and areas up to 12 miles offshore.
Two previous large-scale searches of the coast have recovered only a small number of bodies.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said he hoped more was recovered during the operation of two days; now the water level had dropped.
“It was very difficult to find the bodies because the area affected by the tsunami is so big,” said Ippo Maeyama the Associated Press. “Many bodies were dragged away as well.”
The mission is complicated task of managing the decaying remains. “We must be careful when touching the bodies as they break down quickly,” said Maeyama. “We can not tell his genre, let alone their age.”
Robots in Japan and the U.S. have begun the search for bodies in areas where military divers have been hampered by a large volume of waste.
One of the robots is equipped with sonar to find objects underwater and high-definition camera to distinguish between bodies and objects.
“It’s difficult search for bodies at the bottom of the sea with much accumulated debris, but we would like to return as many bodies as possible to their families in mourning,” Satoshi Tadokoro, who leads a group involved in the robot operation, said the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.
The government plans to send six vets in the exclusion zone near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to assess the condition of hundreds of thousands of abandoned animals.
Dead animals are sprayed with lime to prevent the spread of disease and death will be punished with the permission of their owners.
The farmers who fled their companies at the time of the nuclear crisis on the left behind 3,000 cows, pigs and chickens 130 000 680 000. Last week, the government designated the areas within 12 miles of the plant of an exclusion zone and said residents tried to return without permission risked a fine or arrest.
The government has given no indication of when some ,000 people affected by the evacuation order will be able to return to their permanent home.
Over the next month, one person from each affected family is allowed to return up to two hours at a time to gather valuables and other belongings.
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