Wednesday, March 16, 2011

There are already 2,700 more than 3,700 dead and missing in the earthquake

Japanese authorities have risen to 3,372 dead and 6,746 of the disappeared by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Friday in the Northeast, according to the latest count of the police. These new data raise more than 600 deaths the previous balance of the security forces Nipponese. Of the total of confirmed deaths, just over a thousand have been identified and about 400 bodies have been returned to their families, according to the local agency Kyodo.

However, it is believed that the final number of victims may be much higher, since some municipalities concerned have provided data to several thousand missing or dead. Not yet been heard from since Friday on Minamisanriku about 7,500 residents, half of the town's population of Miyagi swallowed by the sea, although police believe may have fled to nearby towns such as Tome.

In addition, a total of 2,000 residents have been found alive, so there is hope for your neighbors. On the coast of that province have found about 2,000 dead and another 200 or 300 bodies were found in the capital, Sendai, according to Kyodo. Neither knows the whereabouts of 8,000 residents Otsuchi coastal town in the province of Iwate.

About 100,000 Japanese soldiers, aided by foreign volunteers in rescue specialists continue combing the devastated areas for survivors trapped under debris or swept out to sea by a giant wave that reached 10 meters. The government puts at 25,000 the rescued, while there is increasing supply problems for survivors.

In isolated areas such as Oshima, a small island off the coast of Miyagi province, have been found alive Tuesday around 1,300 people who escaped the earthquake. Between 7,000 and 8,000 residents lost their homes Oshima and taken refuge in schools, but are cut off and whether they have sufficient reserves.

The governor of Miyagi, Yoshihiro Murai, said that currently the biggest problem is the lack of fuel and medical supplies in hospitals, where medicines are rationing. The funeral homes are not enough to store the corpses, coffins and urgently need more workers complain that the constant power outages are not allowed to keep refrigerated human remains.

Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, ordered the soldiers to set a priority to assist the victims along with hundreds of foreign volunteers in emergency specialists. "We will continue with the rescue, but there are many people who need help in refugee centers gradually we redirect our efforts to meet their needs," Kan told NHK television.

More than half a million evacuees now living in temporary shelters about 2,500, many of whom have no running water or electricity.

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