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Tokyo 2020 President vows to take Torch Relay to disaster-affected areas
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has vowed to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games Torch Relay visits a number of disaster-hit areas across Japan.
Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, also hinted that the Olympic Cauldron from the Games in the capital city may find its final resting place in a region hit by tragedy during a keynote speech at the World Forum on Sport and Culture here today.
It comes after International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe agreed that Fukushima, which was devastated after being struck by one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the country in 2011, should host events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The area was decimated when an earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, with over 16,000 people losing their lives.
Bach reiterated these claims today when he addressed the audience here, describing holding baseball and softball in Fukushima as “one plausible option”.
Back in March, then Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo claimed preliminary matches could be staged in the Prefecture, located around 240 kilometres away from Tokyo….
Victims trying to put flood picture in a different frame
In North Carolina, Hurricanes Fran in 1996 and Floyd in 1999 sat atop the honor roll of calamity for 20 years.
Hurricane Matthew has knocked them off the mountain.
A week after Matthew lashed eastern North Carolina, some rivers in the broad, flat region still had not crested and floods soaked thousands of homes, destroying roads, cutting off I-95 — the main north-south artery from New York to Miami — closing schools and universities and leaving tens of thousands of residents shaking their heads and digging through mud looking for a morsel of hope.
Flooding is like no other natural disaster. Residents cannot prepare for a flood by battening down hatches or cutting a fire line. No manner of sand bagging can stave the relentless rise of water that lifts silt and debris, drowned animals, waste from overwhelmed sewage plants and hog waste lagoons into houses as much as eight feet up the walls.
Lee Colbert, pastor of First Baptist Church in Smithfield, just south of Raleigh, said 15 to 16 inches of rain fell there. For six hours water flowed past his driveway at a pace he could have taken for a thrill ride on an inner tube…