Picking up the pieces devastating for survivors
THEY wander hopefully, helplessly through a devastated wasteland.
Parents searching for lost children. Husbands, wives, l overs s eeking partners they have not heard from.
A grieving mother lovingly strokes the hair of her daughter, whose body is recognisable in the crushed wreck of a car in the town of Yamamoto.
A young woman, her shoes caked in the mud covering everything, stands wrapped in a blanket in the middle of Ishinomaki in the hardest hit Miyagi prefecture, where entire towns have simply ceased to exist.
Evacuees walk through flooded streets, carrying nothing because they have nothing left.
Schools were full on Friday so many children were saved. But many have lost their parents.
Rescue workers use chain saws and hand picks to dig bodies out of the waste.
But in the middle of the devastation, there are signs of hope. Hiromitsu Shinkawa was found sitting on the roof of his floating home 15km from shore. His wife is missing.
In Minamisanriku, where up to 10,000 people are unaccounted for, a strong wind has been blowing, making the effort to find survivors and retrieve bodies hazardous.
Officials in Iwate, one of the three prefectures hardest hit, are appealing for funeral homes nationwide to send body bags and coffins.