Monday, June 16, 2008

State to drain quake lakes in Miyagi, Iwate prefectures

SENDAI-The central government plans to drain water from three flood-risky lakes emerged in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures as Saturday's magnitude 7.2 quake dammed streams in mountains, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said Tuesday. Rescue workers meanwhile continued the search Tuesday for 12 people remaining missing after the quake at the collapsed Komanoyu inn in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, and elsewhere.The death toll rose to 10 Monday as the body of a man was recovered from the debris of the inn.The land ministry has confirmed the formation of at least 11 quake lakes in the two prefectures and found that three out of the 11-two in Kurihara and one in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, are particularly dangerous in terms of flood risks.As there are houses situated down below the lakes, the ministry plans to install drainage pumps and remove mud from the river courses, while protecting banks with sandbags and protection works.The central government's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 250 people were injured in five prefectures in northeastern Japan-Miyagi, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata and Fukushima.The Japan Meteorological Agency is warning of the risk of strong aftershocks in the coming days.The quake measured upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Kurihara, around 350 kilometers north of Tokyo, and Oshu in Iwate Prefecture, according to the agency.
As in the days of Noah...

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