Tsunami victims ponder their future
Chiba Kayuma's home in the small Japanese coastal community of Ushiami was destroyed by the tsunami.
March 18th, 2011
07:50 PM ET

Tsunami victims ponder their future

The race to avert a nuclear disaster at Japan’s damaged nuclear plant reactors is far from Chiba Kayuma's mind. The 62-year-old's primary concern is figuring out where he will live.

The house he built more than 30 years ago was in the path of the tsunami that tore a path of destruction through Ushiami and dozens of other coastal communities like it in northeast Japan.

Kayuma's rubber boots are caked in mud as he sifts through what's left of his home.

"I just looked at everything and thought what am I going to do next, what is going to happen," Kayuma said.

He made his living farming a small plot of land and fishing on the same ocean that wiped out his village. The plot where Kayuma grew vegetables and rice is now covered in a mixture of mud and oil. He thinks it won't be suitable for farming again for at least three years.

Down the road from Kayuma's home, Atsumi Kotaro rides his bike slowly down a mud-covered street.

"There’s nothing here," Kotaro said. "I was raised here, so this is very painful for me to see this right now."

The scene in Ushiami is mirrored in dozens of towns along the northeast coast of Japan. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people face an uncertain future.

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  1. W James

    I wish it were possible for me to make a difference in the lives of ALL of the persons who've lost everything. Its really sad. When I consider my own matters, its rough, all bills are due, but I still have a place to call home. And I once complained, after a domestic rip, "I have nothing left"... I repent. I continue in prayer for each one of them, for assuredly, their devastation warrants claim of that statement.

    March 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
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  3. nahua

    The earth is angry and God should destroy those who destroy the earth. The earthquake n tsunami was an act of God.Anguish among nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    they should have lived in house boats..

    March 19, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Hey RuffNutt! Here! Marsh Mellow pie in your face!!

    March 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |