Death toll reaches 11,417 from great quake-tsunami in Japan

14:11, March 31, 2011      

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People wait to get relief supplies in Yamada-machi of Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 22, 2011. People in Yamada-machi can get a set of relief supplies, including one loaf of bread and a bottle of water, twice a day. The relief supply serve is still in pressing need in quake-affected areas. (Xinhua File Photo)

The National Police Agency said on Thursday that the catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami have left 11,417 people dead and 16,273 others unaccounted for in Japan by 10:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT).

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coastal areas of northeastern and eastern Japan on March 11, triggering enormous tsunami.

Heavy casualties and extensive damage have been caused by the twin disasters.

Source: Xinhua
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