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The town that was washed away

Last updated on: March 15, 2011 08:38 IST

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Japan is fighting for survival today. Four days after a devastating quake brought about one of the deadliest tsunamis in history, Japan is yet to recover from shock.

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Amidst the devastation lie stories that remain untold. One such story is that of the 19000 residents of the town of Otsuchi. Today, there is no sign of hope, no structures standing in the north-eastern port town.

The town was, simply yet tragically put, washed away.

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Image: A destroyed landscape is pictured on March 14 in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area
Photographs: Kyodo/Reuters
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A Japanese man pushes his bicycle through the remains of the devastated town of tsunami-hit Otsuchi


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami struck the area


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Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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A Japanese man covers his face as he walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi



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A survivor pushes his bicycle through remains of devastated town of Otsuchi


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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A patient is evacuated from a destroyed hospital after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Otsuchi Town


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A ferry is perched on top of a house in Otsuchi


Photographs: Yomiuri/Reuters
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Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim


Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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