Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japan Disaster toll: Strange figures

The headline in the newspaper on March 14, 3 days after the quake, read "20,000 missing in two towns." I recall one person saying "Oh, the death toll won't be that high."

The truth is, no one knows yet how many people are missing. The official figures are:

  • Over 11,000 killed
  • Over 16,000 still missing, including an estimated 1000 bodies that cannot be recovered from the nuclear disaster zone
  • About 3000 injured: What a strangely small figure for such a huge disaster. It seems that most either survived or died. Such is the nature of a killer tsunami.
  • Over 150,000 buildings damaged or destroyed, including hundreds of schools.
Strategizing at the CRASH Japan command center
I'm working full time in the CRASH Japan command center to mobilize the Body of Christ to respond, because I believe we can and should minister to those hurting in Japan. We are gearing up for a long-term recovery effort. We welcome your prayers.

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