31 Mar '11, 7pm

Hundreds of bodies uncollected in Japan nuclear exclusion zone

TOKYO: Up to 1,000 bodies of victims of Japan's quake and tsunami remain uncollected in the exclusion zone around a stricken nuclear plant because of radiation fears, a report said on Friday. Citing police sources, Kyodo News said that authorities had intended to transport the bodies outside the 20-kilometre evacuation zone imposed around the Fukushima power station, but were reconsidering the plan. The bodies had been "exposed to high levels of radiation after death", the report quoted a source as saying, adding elevated levels of radioactivity were found on Sunday on the body of a victim about five kilometres from the plant. Local police decided not to retrieve that body because of the radiation, the report said. Over 28,000 people have been confirmed dead or listed as missing since the twin natural disasters which hit on March 11, devastating the northeast coast and cri...

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