A sign reading "Sold Out" is seen at a gas station in Tokyo on Monday, as Japan faces a number of supply shortages in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.
Water and electricity shortages are plaguing many areas across Japan. Residents have reported five-hour waits at some gasoline pumps, the AP reported.
"People are surviving on little food and water. Things are simply not coming," said Sato, the Iwate government official said.The Iwate prefecture, located on the north shore of Japan, was one of the hardest hit regions.