quake-ravaged japan digs mass graves

by:GF bags     2019-08-27
Japan, Japan (Reuters)-
The waves that shook thousands of families and lives in Japan forced Japan to rethink one of its most sacred Buddhist practices: how to treat the dead.
Desperate municipalities are digging collective graves in a country where the deceased is usually cremated and the ashes are placed in stone family graves near Buddhist temples, which is unthinkable.
Burial of bodies is usually prohibited by local regulations.
Death toll-
At 9,199, it is expected to climb more than 20,000-
The incinerator has been flooded to keep up with the crematorium where the body was reached.
The shortage of kerosene needed to burn kerosene means that some people can\'t operate at all.
Kazuhiko Endo, an official at Kamaishi, said: \"We found many bodies in the sea and they were seriously damaged . \" It is planned to hold a mass funeral on Friday for 150 unidentified people who died due to the March 11 earthquake and tides.
\"This is a special measure, but there is nothing we can do about it,\" said Endo . \".
\"It\'s been more than a week since we put them in the morgue, and we don\'t know if they can be identified.
In the traditional Japanese Buddhist practice, the body is taken home and the head is north on the bed.
After waking up, funeral and cremation, relatives use chopsticks to transfer the bones into a urn, which will be displayed at home for weeks or even months before being buried.
That centuries-
In some of the areas worst hit by Japan\'s biggest disaster since World War II, the Old Ceremony was almost impossible as rescuers loaded the bodies into the temporary morgue, some of which were made by rotating pieceschoked waves.
Although many tsunami
The damaged highway has been reopened and a shortage of fuel has prevented families from retrieving or transporting bodies.
The morgue did not keep the dry ice they needed.
Doyu Oheda, Monk at Higashimatsushima, said: \"There are so many victims who will be cremated at first, but there are too many, so we want to bury them as soon as possible, Tuesday, the body is placed in a collective grave in the former dump, and some are placed in wooden coffins or wrapped in blankets.
The grave can accommodate 1,000 people, but for the time being.
The person buried on Tuesday was tagged and will be dug up later and cremated at the appropriate funeral.
Ofunato is a small city that is almost destroyed, with about 200 people dead and 230 missing, and he wants to cremate \"as much as possible,\" said Hideki Terasawa, a senior city official.
\"We have two cremation facilities that can manage about 20 bodies a day in total and ask for assistance with facilities in nearby towns,\" he said . \".
But it is still difficult to identify them.
\"Dozens of bodies have not yet been confirmed.
\"The police are collecting DNA samples from these people and storing them so that they can be identified later,\" he said . \".
\"If the process is too long, we will consider burial, but we have no plans yet.
\"After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, authorities in other parts of Asia are facing similar problems.
After that disaster, the United States and several other countries received assurances from the Thai government that the remains of foreign victims would not be buried without identification.
This led to the Thai tsunami victim identification center where the body was stacked in a container and cooled to 1 degree Fahrenheit for identification.
Five years later, unclaimed bodies remained in refrigerated containers.
About 370 unidentified bodies were buried in a nearby land.
A remote part of northeast Japan hit by earthquakes, tsunamis and fires, Kesennuma is studying whether mass graves can affect the water level of fresh water.
\"Burial is very rare here and we need to find a place to do it,\" said city official Yoshio shamwa . \".
At Unosumai, the school\'s gym has turned into a morgue, where the body is cleaned and wrapped in white sheets lined up side by side on the floor.
When they were looking for missing persons, the bus transported sad relatives from one morgue to another, while the bulldozer prepared the land behind a damaged temple to build one
Francis Marcus of the delegation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Tokyo said that it may be difficult, but the Japanese authorities need to ensure that institutions are identified.
\"Bodies should be dealt with in a dignified manner and people should have the opportunity to identify their loved ones,\" he said . \".
\"We are very opposed to any idea that these issues are not allowed to be dealt.
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