15 Mar '11, 10pm

Washed away in her house, 70-year-old woman #rescued

SOMA (Japan) - In a rare bit of good news, rescuers have found a 70-year-old woman alive, four days after the disaster struck. The woman was inside her house that was washed away by the tsunami in northeastern Iwate prefecture, said Osaka fire department spokesman Yuko Kotani, who was part of a team of rescuers sent to the area. Ms Kotani said the woman was conscious but suffering from hypothermia and is being treated at a hospital. Emergency workers have so far rescued 15,000 people, while more than 3,000 have been confirmed dead. Estimates on the number of dead rose to more than 10,000 in the worst-hit prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. But local officials have lost contact with about 30,000 people, according to a survey by Kyodo news, raising fears of a dramatic increase in the death toll. As more bodies washed up on the shore, about 400,000 survivors, children...

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