As the mercury plunges in Japan’s disaster-hit northeast, thousands
of people in temporary homes are digging in for what could be a long,
hard and very cold winter.
Snow and driving winds will add to the misery of tsunami survivors in
a region where the temperature frequently dips below freezing through
December, January and February.
Many lost their homes when the huge waves swept ashore on March 11,
killing 20,000 people and grinding whole neighbourhoods into matchwood.
In Ishinomaki, one of the hardest-hit coastal settlements, more
than half of the city’s 61,000 houses were either swept away completely
or severely damaged by the tsunami.