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Recovery efforts ongoing in Japan

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 01:33

Mar 20 - Nuclear plant repair units ongoing as volunteers line up by the hundreds to offer a helping hand. Julie Noce reports.

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Efforts to cool an ailing nuclear power plant in Japan were on-going Sunday... Officials said they plan to restore electricity to water pumps that will deliver water to the overheating fuel rods. Elsewhere in Japan, recovery efforts continue after the massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. Morale is low for a group of local firefighters in Rikuzentakata (REE-ku-zen-TA-kada)-- these men are searching for their own family members, neighbours and colleagues. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 53-YEAR-OLD LOCAL FIRE BRIGADE OFFICER TAKAO SATO SAYING: "It doesn't matter what shape you're in, just please be alive. That's all we're thinking. We want to return them to their families as fast as possible. That's what we're thinking when we're out there." Meanwhile, the spirit of charity is alive and well. In Saitama, just outside Tokyo, volunteers line up to donate their time and supplies. There are more than 2,000 evacuees staying at this center, and more than 1,000 volunteers waiting to help them. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 36-YEAR-OLD DONATOR MIO KIKUCHI, SAYING: "I just brought in some daily supplies from my house because I want to do whatever I can." The death toll now stands at over 15,000. Julie Noce, Reuters

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Recovery efforts ongoing in Japan

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 01:33