Recently the NHK News reported the following:
Because of the accident at the first nuclear power plant in Fukushima that was caused by the earthquake, the searching done by the Self Defense Forces could not be advanced deep enough even though the whereabouts of the over 1000 resident in Fukushima Prefecture south Soma City was not known. In response, at the central portion of the city that was the target of the house sheltering, local fire fighting group and residents established an independent searching party, and the activity to search for missing person was continued.
In south Soma city in the present earthquake, the remains of 368 people had been recovered, 1106 people were reported missing by family members etc and their whereabouts was unknown. However, because of the accident at the number one nuclear plant in Fukushima, residents at southern part of the city had became recipients of the evacuation directive to seek home sheltering; and the searching by the Self Defense Forces was not advancing far enough. In reponse, at the city center portion of the Haramchi ward that was the target of house sheltering, local fire-fighting team members and local residents including those who had not evacuated and stayed, and those who had once sought shelter but had returned, established a 50-people independent searching party to continue looking for the missing person. On the 5th, using the sea-shore as the central point where the damage done by the tsunami was serious, they removed the rubbles in the damaged buildings and entered the buildings; they searched for 8 hours. On the 5th, although unable to find any missing person, over ten bodies were found and delivered back to their own family. Hatsuo Nagasawa of the local fire fighting group said that "There is worry for those in the house shelter area, and many people are still missing, we are united and hope to find them early".
Instead of waiting for government help, local residents are helping themselves.