20 Mar '11, 6am

Japan quake dead, missing top 20,000

OSAKA: The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan surpassed 20,000 on Sunday, nine days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck. There were fears of a far higher death toll from the disaster that wiped out vast areas along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu island. The national police agency said 8,133 people had been confirmed dead and 12,272 officially listed as missing -- a total of 20,405 -- as of noon (1500 GMT) Sunday as a result of the March 11 catastrophe. Miyagi prefecture was worst hit, with a confirmed death toll of 4,882. But the Miyagi police chief Naoto Takeuchi told a Sunday task force meeting that the prefecture alone "will need to secure facilities to keep the bodies of more than 15,000 people," Jiji Press reported. The second-worst hit prefectures were Iwate with 2,525 confirmed deaths, then Fukushima with 670 lives lost. Th...

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