Death toll rises to 3,373 in Japan following Friday's colossal quake

08:19, March 16, 2011      

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The National Police Agency said Tuesday that Friday's catastrophic quake and the ensuing tsunami have left 3,373 people dead and 6,746 others unaccounted for in Japan by 8:00 p.m. (1100 GMT).

A total of 1,629 deaths have been confirmed in worst-hit Miyagi Prefecture, said the police agency, adding the figures stood at 1, 193 and 506 in Iwate and Fukushima prefectures.

Up to 6,737 people have been reported missing in the three prefectures, said the agency.

According to local media reports, around 530,000 evacuees are now living in more than 2,600 shelters in quake-hit areas.

A lack of food, drinking water, medicine and fuel has been a common problem in quake-hit areas, where supplies of essential resources have been wiped out and communications infrastructures crippled. The Japanese government is stepping up efforts to ship disaster relief supplies there.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coastal areas of northeastern and eastern Japan, triggering enormous tsunami. Heavy casualties and extensive damage have been caused by the disaster.

Source: Xinhua

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