|Published : 11 Mar 2017, 19:46:37 | Updated : 11 Mar 2017, 19:53:39|
Trauma to lives, economy from tsunami persists 6 yrs on
Six years ago, more than 18,000 people died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a massive quake engulfed coastal areas of northeastern Japan.
Tens of thousands more people's lives were unraveled when they lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods.
The displacement widened as entire communities fled after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
Japan is marking the anniversary of the disaster on Saturday with somber ceremonies in Tokyo and in cities and towns in the northeast.
Most of the towns devastated in the March 11, 2011, disasters have only partially rebuilt, and local authorities are struggling to finance construction.
Meanwhile, despite an abundance of jobs thanks to the rebuilding, the population in most of the region is falling. – AP