Japan: post-tsunami, town wonders if to rebuild (AP) – 725th Edition

This photo taken Wednesday, March 23, 2011 shows the gutted Disaster Emergency Center in the earthquake- and tsunami-destroyed town of Minamisanriku, northeastern Japan. The headquarters, which sounded the tsunami alert signal on March 11, was later totally submerged under the incoming wave. The town's mayor, Jin Sato, spent the night on the roof clutching to a fence on its edge. Of the 17,666 people who once lived here, over 300 have been confirmed dead and thousands more have disappeared — still buried in the ruins or sucked out to sea. Another 9,325 lost their homes and live in 45 shelters, mostly schools, spread on hills along the bay. The tsunami swept away nearly every business, every job. There is no electricity or running water, and very little fuel. Some 70 percent of Minamisanriku's 5,574 houses were destroyed. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)AP – The only thing left of Minamisanriku City Hall is its two front steps.

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