23 Mar '11, 7am

DTN Thailand: Quake-ravaged Japan digs mass graves: UNOSUMAI, Japan (Reuters) - The towering waves that splinter...

UNOSUMAI, Japan (Reuters) - The towering waves that splintered thousands of Japanese homes and lives has forced the country to rethink one of its most sacred Buddhist practices: how it treats the dead. Desperate municipalities are digging mass graves, unthinkable in a nation where the deceased are usually cremated and their ashes placed in stone family tombs near Buddhist temples. Local regulations often prohibit burial of bodies. The number of dead -- at 9,199 and expected to climb well over 20,000 -- has overwhelmed crematoriums whose incinerators cannot keep pace with the arriving bodies. A shortage of kerosene required to burn them means some cannot operate at all. "We have many bodies found in seawater and badly damaged," said Kazuhiko Endo, an official in Kamaishi, where a mass burial is planned on Friday for 150 unidentified people killed by the March 11 earthquake ...

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