In Japan two more survivors have been found in the devastated city of Ishinomaki. An 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were pulled from the rubble nine days after the tsunami destroyed much of the city.
The two were transferred to a medical centre for treatment. Evacuation centres and emergency shelters remain crowded, although donations have started pouring in from across the country.
As engineers battle to avert nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant, hundreds of volunteers turned up at the Saitama Super Arena on the outskirts of Tokyo which has been turned into an emergency shelter to receive people fleeing nuclear contamination.
Around two and a half thousand refugees are currently living in this arena which normally hosts pop concerts and sporting events.