3,676 dead, 7,558 missing following Friday's great quake: NHK

11:01, March 16, 2011      

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Rescuers work at the ruins in the city of Rikuzen-Takata, one of the cities worst hit by Friday's 9 Magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 15, 2011. (Xinhua/Lan Jianzhong)

The National Police Agency said that last Friday's catastrophic quake and ensuing tsunami have left 3,676 people dead and 7,558 others unaccounted for in Japan by 08:00 a.m. Wednesday (2300 GMT Tuesday).

According local media reports, around 530,000 evacuees were staying in more than 2,600 shelters in quake-hit areas.

As temperatures dropped sharply to midwinter levels in northeastern Japan, rescue and relief operations continued with 80, 000 Self-Defense Forces personnel and police officers mobilized in the devastated areas, said the reports.

Source: Xinhua

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