New Delhi: On March 11, 2011 Japan witnessed one of the worst tragedies known to mankind - an earthquake of the magnitude of 9, followed by a tsunami and then the threat of nuclear radiation.
But these are also times that unite the world. Within a fortnight, a 46-member team of the National Disaster Response Force left for Miyagi town in Japan, one of the worst affected areas to carry out the rescue operation. The NDRF team recalls many touching moments as well.
Alok Awasthy, Commandant, 5th NDRF said,"When we recovered the body and it was recognised by the son,then he started weeping and told his mother that i couldnt do anything all these days.but when indian team came and they were able to recover the body. those were very touching moments.
In the absence of electricity and water, it was tough and what made it worse the extreme weather conditions. But people's faith in their team is what that kept them going.
Pankaj, Deputy Commandant, NDRF said, "These people had seen their near and dear ones being washed away in front of their eyes and after so many days they couldn't locate the body. So when they were handed over they were overwhelmed and thanked us."
The photographs that they have carried back with them are not only testimony of the work they did there but also the story of a nation that is trying to get back on its feet.