After a disaster like the Japan earthquake, rescue worker always work tirelessly in the hope of finding any survivors. For Today’s Japan Photo, we shall take a look at this young baby that was rescued amongst the rubble in the shattered village of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.
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The four-month-old girl had been swept from her parents’ arms in the shattered village of Ishinomaki when the deadly wave crashed into the family home.
For three days, the child’s frantic family had believed she was lost to them for ever.
But yesterday, for a brief moment, the horrors of the disaster were brightened by one helpless baby’s story of survival.
Soldiers from the Japanese Defence Force had been going from door to door pulling bodies from the devastated homes in Ishinomaki, a coastal town northeast of Sendai.
Most of the victims were elderly, unable to escape the destructive black tide.
But for this precious moment, at least, it was only the child who mattered to the team of civil defence troops who found her.
One of them picked her up in his arms, wrapped her in a blanket which had been handed to him and cradled the child as his colleagues crowded around, not believing that someone as young as this had survived when all hope had been lost.
The tiniest survivor was cold and wet and crying, but she is believed to have suffered no other injuries. Why she did not drown remained a mystery.
Its always stories like these that help to keep the rescue workers going forward. I hope more survivors can be found in the coming days. And kudos to the rescue workers for working in such harsh and dangerous conditions.