24 Apr '11, 12pm

Japan to launch new major tsunami body search

Japan to launch new major tsunami body search

TOKYO - Nearly 25,000 Japanese troops will Monday start a massive new search for bodies along the Pacific coast where some 12,000 people are still missing after the earthquake and tsunami, the military said. Some US forces will join the 24,800 soldiers and members of Japan's Coast Guard and police for the third search since the disaster struck on March 11, devastating towns along the northeast. "They will broadly cover the Pacific coast, areas around major river mouths and other tsunami-hit places," said a spokesman for Japan's Joint Staff. In the past two major operations they found total 438 bodies, the defence ministry said. More than 14,000 people were killed in the disaster and some 12,000 are still missing. In a separate operation launched last Monday, some 2,500 Japanese troops have been searching for bodies within the 30-kilometre (19-mile) evacuation zone around t...

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