Call for all to help people affected by tragedy

WORRIED Miho Byfield
WORRIED Miho Byfield
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A FULL-time carer living in Southsea has called for Portsmouth residents – and the military – to help Japan.

Miho Byfield, of Hereford Road, was born in Tokyo, and grew up in Chiba Prefecture.

But in 2001 she married David Byfield and moved to Portsmouth.

She said: ‘I have watched on TV all the earthquake news. I have relatives from Iwate Prefecture, who were evacuated to a school nearby to escape the tsunami. It has been hard to watch.’

Mrs Byfield has also spoken to friends and family at home.

And she hopes people in the UK will remember people across her home country have been affected, even those outside the immediate areas struck by the quakes and tsunami.

She said: ‘My friends have told me they are in some trouble.

‘Their homes are OK and they are uninjured because they are a long way from the quakes.

‘But roads across the country have been damaged. Shops are running out of food, and people can’t cook because there are blackouts and electricity supply is so irregular.

‘There’s food in Tokyo port, but it can’t get off the ships.’

She has visited her country’s embassy, in the hope the UK can donate military ration packs. But she added: ‘I hope people can make donations through the Red Cross.’

You can donate at the Red Cross’s site at redcross.org.uk or via the website of the Japan Centre in London, at japancentre.com/items/3323