19 Mar '11, 4am

Japan disasters deaths exceed 7,000

Japan disasters deaths exceed 7,000

TOKYO: The number of people confirmed as dead or listed as missing by Japan's national police agency topped 18,000 on Saturday, eight days after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck. There were fears of a far higher death toll from the disaster that wiped out vast residential areas along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu island. The national police agency said 7,197 people had been confirmed dead and 10,905 officially listed as missing -- a total of 18,102 -- as of 9:00 am Saturday (0000 GMT) as a result of the March 11 catastrophe. Hopes of finding many more survivors amid the rubble have diminished amid a cold snap that has hit Japan's northeast, covering much of the disaster area in snow earlier this week. The death toll has surpassed that of the 7.2-magnitude quake that struck the western Japanese port city of Kobe in 1995, 6,434 people. The March 11 quake is n...

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