American Marines help set up temporary showers in northeastern Japan. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
For many in Japan it was their first shower in weeks.
American Marines help set up temporary showers in northeastern Japan.
Their aim is to provide relief for earthquake and tsunami evacuees who have been living in shelters.
It is also a health issue says Marine Sergeant Agurto
SOUNDBITE: Marine Sergeant Agurto, saying (English):
"Personal hygiene, is going to help out prevent diseases, it will keep your health better. It is going to prevent disease to spread and keep you clean. That's the basic of preventing people getting sick. This is the main effort that I think is very important."
The facility pumps up about 500 gallons of hot water using generators and heaters.
Kakubari Sayaka, whose house lost in the tsunami is happy to feel clean.
SOUNDBITE: Kakubari Sayaka, saying (Japanese):
"I was able to wash off all the dirt and it feels great."
About a quarter of a million people are living in shelters in Japan.