Sixteen-thousand fill up shelters in Japan on the THIRD DAY after killer earthquake as homes lay destroyed, 20,000 have no power and 30,000 no water supply while death toll rises to 35 and airport is hit with massive backlog of flights

Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

The government will release emergency funds to deliver food, water and fuel for hospital power generators
Thousands of people are still sleeping in shelters following Thursday’s 6.6-magnitude earthquake
Rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs are scouring through solidified mud to find more survivors

8 September 2018

About 16,000 people remain in emergency shelters in northern Japan three days after they were forced to flee their homes on Hokkaido island when the region was rocked by a killer 6.6-magnitude earthquake.

Passengers have been forced to sleep on the terminal floor at the prefecture’s main airport after Thursday’s quake caused chaos as debris fell inside buildings, and flights were suspended after a power outage.

As the death toll climbed to 35, and tens of thousands of rescue workers continue searching through rubble, collapsed buildings and solid mud for survivors, 31,000 households still have no water, and 20,000 homes are without power.

Dozens of aftershocks have hit the area since the earthquake struck the Hokkaido prefecture three days ago –which saw a northern hamlet buried by landslides – including one with a magnitude of 5.4, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

School gymnasiums have helped provide emergency shelter for residents who cannot as yet return to their homes because they have been destroyed, are unsafe, or they have no power or water.

The Hokkaido government had said earlier today that 30 people are dead or presumed dead and nine remain missing – up from yesterday’s death toll of 18. But in a further update, public broadcaster NHK said that 35 are dead.

All but three of the victims are residents of the town of Atsuma, where landslides destoyed and buried houses at the foot of steep forested hills that overlook rice fields.

After more than a day of digging there were no reports of survivors being pulled from their crushed homes in the outskirts of the town of Atsuma, not far from the quake’s epicenter. Five people still remain unaccounted for in the town.

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