11 Jan '12, 6am

Japan's disaster toll hits 19,294 10 months on

TOKYO (AFP) - Ten months after a massive tsunami crashed into Japan following a huge undersea earthquake, police figures show a total of 19,294 people are believed to have died. Across the disaster zone, 15,844 people have been confirmed dead since the March 11 disaster, the national police agency said in a tally released on Tuesday. In addition, the whereabouts of 3,450 people are yet to be confirmed, the police said, as the hunt for bodies - many of which are believed to have been washed out to sea - continues. As well as laying waste to vast stretches of coastline in Japan's north-east, wiping out towns and destroying communities, the tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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