UN concerns over sanitation in Japan evacuation centers

Three weeks into the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the United Nations says there are still significant humanitarian needs that are not being met. Patrick Maigua Reports from Geneva.

Japan earthquake survivors

Japan earthquake survivors

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the biggest concern in the Japan emergency is the extremely poor sanitation conditions at the evacuation centers, where over 250,000 people are housed.

OCHA says there are reports of a steady increase of diarrhea cases which is evidence that sanitary conditions are deteriorating in the centers.

Fuel shortage is still an issue and is preventing volunteers and humanitarian agencies from reaching the affected population.

Over 10,000 people have now been confirmed dead and nearly 18,000 are still missing. This includes some 1,000 children.

OCHA says a survey conducted at some of the evacuation centers indicates that many of the survivors require mental health assistance.

The survivors are said to be having anxiety and are unable to sleep.

Patrick Maigua at the United Nations

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