March 14, 2011
The death toll from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is expected to exceed 10,000 as local and international rescue teams search through the ruins of north-eastern coastal cities for survivors of last Friday’s disaster.
Two thousand bodies have been found on the shores of Miyagi prefecture, which suffered the brunt of the damage, according to the Kyodo news agency.
Despite the deployment of 100,000 Japanese troops and more than 500 foreign rescue specialists, the relief operation is being hampered by the damage done to the country’s transport infrastructure, with roads and rail, power and ports crippled across much of the disaster region.
Officials say at least 10,000 people in more than a quarter of Japan’s 47 prefectures are likely to have been killed in the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that followed it.
This article was posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 9:37 am