After four days buried alive, two people have been rescued from the rubble of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
A man was pulled from what is left of Ishimaki, a town in Miyagi, the region closest to the quake’s epicenter. Few details are known about his condition.
Earlier, a 70-year-old woman was found in another city. She is suffering from hypothermia although her condition is not thought to be life threatening.
The rescues have given a much needed boost to those on the frontline of search and evacuation efforts.
More than half a million people are being housed in temporary shelters while close to 100,000 soldiers have been mobilised to clear roads for the urgent delivery of aid.
They are being helped in their task by teams from across the world.
“We’re working in a combined team with the United States and with China, and the idea is to slowly progress through all buildings and vehicles to make sure there’s no persons missing in them,” said one British aid worker.