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Thousands Stranded Without Food, Water after Japan Tsunami

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 11:55 PM

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- An estimated 4,000 people are stranded in evacuation centers in the northern Japan city of Sendai without food, water or heat as they await rescue by helicopter, according to a city official.

The buildings are surrounded by a one-meter high heap of rubble and dirt, said Makoto Nagai, 55, who is leading the city’s crisis management team.

“People need help,” Nagai said.

Temperatures in Sendai ranged from minus 2.5 degrees celsius (27.5 degrees Farenheit) to 6.2 degrees yesterday, according to data provided by Weather Service Co.

“When the earthquake began, I was at my desk, and the rocking never stopped,” Nagai said. “As the alert buzzer brayed in the hall, cups and other things fell from my desk. An even bigger quake followed.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Takahiko Hyuga in Tokyo at thyuga@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brian Fowler at bfowler4@bloomberg.net

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