Fujiko Chiba is rescued by Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, on Tuesday after being stranded in an isolated evacuation center for days following Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Nearly 500,000 people have been evacuated from 10 prefectures in Japan, CNN reported citing Mainichi newspaper.

Hundreds of people are stranded in isolated areas and have no access to food as they wait for help.

More than 3,000 deaths have been confirmed in the wake of the subsequent disasters. Officials are still unable to reach over 15,000 people to know whether they are safe, CNN reported, citing public broadcaster NHK .

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