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Monday, March 21, 2011

Japan : No. of dead or missing from quake, tsunami nears 22,000

From Japan Today, the fatalities rises :

" FUKUSHIMA : The death toll from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern and eastern Japan and the number of those reported missing came to a combined total of 21,911 as of noon Monday, the National Police Agency said.

The number of deaths reported in a total of 12 prefectures came to 8,649, while people reported by their relatives to be missing climbed to 13,262 in six prefectures. Police have identified about 4,080 bodies, including 2,990 returned to their families, the agency said.

Bodies are piling up in some of the devastated communities and badly decomposing even amid chilly rain and snow."

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