Japan Defense Force personnel help people go through the flooded area by boats in Ishinomaki in Miyagi, Japan.

Thousands of residents have been lost their homes, while many others are without electricity or water.

More than 76,000 buildings were damaged in Friday's distasters, at least 6,300 of which were completely destroyed, CNN reported citing Japan's NHK public broadcaster.

Roads and railways throughout much of Japan's northeast region have been damaged or destroyed.

Prime Minister Kan said that Japan's future would be decided by its response to the disaster.

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