earthquake surged past 300.
The possibility of additional tremors posed a risk of causing further damage to homes and hindering the delivery of aid through obstructed roads. The number of fatalities resulting from the earthquake has risen above 300.
Japan’s western coastline experienced a series of earthquakes.
Last week’s total increased to 126 on Saturday.
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One of the casualties was a five-year-old boy who had been healing from burns caused by hot water spilling on him while on a trip with his family.
According to the hardest-hit region, Ishikawa prefecture, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse and he passed away on Friday.
Authorities cautioned that the roads, which have already been damaged by numerous ongoing earthquakes, are at risk of collapsing entirely. This danger is heightened by the anticipated precipitation overnight and into Sunday.
The city of Wajima has reported the most fatalities at 69, followed by Suzu with 38. Over 500 individuals were wounded, with at least 27 of them sustaining serious injuries.
The earthquakes caused roofs to be scattered along roads and buildings to be flattened. The roads resembled rubber due to warping. A fire destroyed an entire neighborhood in Wajima.
Over 200 individuals are still missing, although the count has varied. Eleven people were said to be stuck under collapsed homes in Anamizu.
A 90-year-old woman was rescued from the debris of a collapsed house in Western Japan on Saturday. The woman, who lived in Suzu city, Ishikawa Prefecture, had miraculously survived for over five days since the earthquake that struck the region on Monday. Footage broadcasted nationwide depicted rescue workers wearing helmets and using blue plastic to shield the area, but the woman could not be seen.
At the age of 76, Shiro Kokuda’s childhood home in Wajima was left untouched, but a nearby temple was destroyed by fire. He is currently searching for his friends at evacuation centers.
“He expressed that it has been quite difficult.”
Japan is one of the fastest-aging societies in the world. The population in Ishikawa and nearby areas has dwindled over the years. A fragile economy centered on crafts and tourism was now more imperiled than ever.
According to the official Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare move by sending a message of sympathy to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday.
Earlier, Japan was sent messages of sympathy and promises of aid from President Joe Biden and other allies.
The Japanese government’s representative Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed gratitude to all the messages received, including one from North Korea. Hayashi noted that the last time Japan received a message of condolence from North Korea for a disaster was in 1995.
Power was slowly being regained along Japan’s coast, but there was still a shortage of water. The emergency water systems were also affected by the damage.
Thousands of troops were flying and trucking in water, food and medicine to the more than 30,000 people who had evacuated to auditoriums, schools and other facilities.
According to the Yomiuri newspaper, their aerial survey revealed over 100 landslides in the region, with some obstructing crucial roads.
As time passed, the importance of the rescue efforts became more pressing. However, there were still survivors who managed to hold on despite being trapped under rubble and were eventually rescued.
“I have faith in the city’s recovery and I hope its residents will not flee, but instead stay and diligently contribute to the rebuilding efforts,” stated Seizo Shinbo, a seafood merchant who was purchasing noodles, canned goods, and rice balls at a grocery store.
There is a shortage of food and water, and the situation is worsened by the lack of gas. People are still waiting in lines that stretch for kilometers.