Tourists and family members pray for tsunami-affected

Bhubaneswar: Nature on Friday played havoc in the northern part of Japan as earthquake triggered tsunami devastated the human habitations along the coastlines. With all communication modes and electricity to almost 4 million homes are cut off, tourists visiting Orissa and family members of Oriyas living in Japan are worried about their wellbeing.
 
OTV team caught up with Japanese tourists and family members of Oriyas residing in the foreign country moments later the news broke.
 
They were panicked and perplexed as no communication could be established with them following the worst ever devastation in the last decade.  
 
“I heard that it as the biggest earthquake ever in the Japan. So I didn’t think this would happen when I was in India. So I am very surprised. I still can’t believe it. I wish all my family and friends are safe and I think that many people who are in bad condition, I hope they are safe,” a Japanese tourist said.
 
“Until now I can’t contact my family members and some of my friends. So I am very much frightened,” another Japanese tourist added.
 
Similarly, Srimant Das, President of India-Japan Friendship Society has been not been able to make any contact with his brother and sister who are currently in Japan.
 
“We have not been able to establish contact with our family members in Japan,” Das said.
 
The high intensity earthquake measuring 8.8 on Richter scale triggered 7 m high tidal waves invading the coastlines due to tsunami. Till last reports, around 300 people were killed and the toll could go up significantly as reports of damage trickled in.