Japan earthquake: Struggle of the survivors in cold conditions
16 March 2011 Last updated at 14:05 GMT
The official death toll following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is more than 3,500 but that is expected to climb to more than 10,000.
Nearly half a million people have been made homeless and are living in shelters, struggling with extremely cold conditions.
Alistair Leithead reports from some of the worst-affected coastal areas in the north of the country.