24 Mar '11, 9am

Japan toll tops 26,000 dead or missing

Japan toll tops 26,000 dead or missing

The National Police Agency said 9,487 people had been confirmed dead and 15,617 officially listed as missing - a total of 25,104 - as of 9.00pm (1200 GMT, 8.00pm Singapore time) on Wednesday as a result of the March 11 catastrophe. -- PHOTO: AFP OSAKA - THE number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan rose above 26,000 on Thursday, nearly two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's north-east coast. There are fears of a much higher toll from the disaster, which flattened entire towns along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu island. The National Police Agency said in its latest update that 9,737 people had been confirmed dead and 16,423 officially listed as missing - a total of 26,160 - as a result of the March 11 catastrophe. A total of 2,777 people have been injured. The quake has become Japan's deadliest natural disaster since...

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