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Medics help survivors heal tsunami scars

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Medics help survivors heal tsunami scars


At the Red Cross Hospital in Ishimaki City, medical teams are still dealing with the consequences of the deadly tsunami.

New patients have been arriving from evacuation centres. They are suffering from a range of problems, including a lack of food, a lack of heat and general shock.

The earthquake and tsunami on March 11 is known to have claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Medics are now trying to help the survivors heal their physical and psychological scars.

Dr. Kobayashi Michio works for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Ishimaki.

He told euronews correspondent Chris Cummins of the tsunami’s impact on local people, explaining it was “far more deadly” than the earthquake.

“We saw many cases of drowning, hypothermia and associated conditions. People affected by the tsunami lost everything,” said Michio.

“They lost their homes and suffered illnesses related to this disaster lifestyle. It made their condition much worse. Not enough food, lack of heat. That is why the tsunami had such far reaching consequences.”

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