07 Apr '11, 10am

Confirmed dead in Japan quake rises to 12,600

The updated toll revised the number of dead and missing people to 27,681, after it briefly topped 28,000 last week, the National Police Agency said. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - THE number of people confirmed dead in the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's north-east rose to 12,608 on Thursday, with a further 15,073 listed as missing, police said. The updated toll revised the number of dead and missing people to 27,681, after it briefly topped 28,000 last week, the National Police Agency said. The quake has become Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which killed more than 142,000 people. Nearly 160,000 people were still sheltered in emergency facilities nearly four weeks after the double disaster. -- AFP

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