The suffering for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami-hit towns has been amplified by a severe fuel shortage that means motorists are waiting for hours to fill up their cars.
Reporting from Sendai City, euronews correspondent Chris Cummins said: “As Japan comes to terms with the natural disaster of March 11th, fuel is becoming more and more difficult to get hold of.
“Here in Sendai city, in the north of the country, the roads are snarled with cars lining up for petrol, making movement extremely difficult.”
Food is still available outside the disaster area but it remains a precious resource with supermarkets controlling the number of shoppers allowed in to their stores any one time.
It is a situation that could last for few more days yet.