09 Apr '11, 5am

Japan disaster orphaned at least 82 children via @cmswire

Japan disaster orphaned at least 82 children via @cmswire

Children evacuated from Fukushima prefecture near the stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant play with Lego blocks at a shelter in Tokyo. At least 82 children were orphaned by the huge earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-eastern Japan last month. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - AT LEAST 82 children were orphaned by the huge earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-eastern Japan last month, the government said. The figure, from a preliminary government survey, is already higher than the 68 children who lost both parents in the 1995 Kobe earthquake, Japan's last big natural disaster, Jiji press reported. The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry had previously said the number of orphans could far exceed those created by Kobe because of the scale of the March 11 disaster, which is known to have killed nearly 13,000 people, with 15,000 still missing. 'The latest disaster has ca...

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