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Intensive search for tsunami victims turns up 32 bodies | Kyodo News

A total of 32 bodies were found Friday, the first day of a three-day intensive search by Japan and the United States for those still missing three weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Defense Ministry said.

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military recovered 28 bodies, and the Japan Coast Guard found four in the disaster-hit northeastern part of Japan.

The death toll from the March 11 disaster tallied by the National Police Agency as of 9 p.m. stood at 11,734 in 12 prefectures while the number of missing people reported by their relatives to police totaled 16,375 in six prefectures.

It does appear that most of the missing were indeed washed out to the sea and will never be buried by relatives...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 03:39:09 PM EST
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Dog drifting atop roof rescued off coast of Kesennuma | Kyodo News

A dog was rescued at sea off the coast of Kesennuma on Friday after being found drifting atop a roof believed to have been washed away by the killer tsunami triggered by the March 11 earthquake, Japan Coast Guard officials said.

Coast guard members aboard a helicopter involved in the day's search for those still missing after the disaster found the dog on the roof drifting along some 1.8 kilometers off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, at around 4 p.m., according to the officials.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 05:15:42 PM EST
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Intensive search for tsunami victims runs into 2nd of 3 days | Kyodo News

53 the total number of bodies recovered over two days from areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The bulk of Saturday's operation was held in and around Ishinomaki, one of the worst affected cities in Miyagi Prefecture. They searched around an elementary school where many pupils went missing after the tsunami, while some 50 divers from the SDF, the Japan Coast Guard and other entities were deployed to the nearby Kitakami River, the largest in northeastern Japan.

Some 18,000 SDF personnel and about 7,000 U.S. military personnel, as well as members of police, the JCG and fire departments, continued their involvement in the operation.

The death toll from the quake-tsunami disaster tallied by the National Police Agency stood at 11,828 in 12 prefectures as of 4 p.m. Saturday, while the number of missing people reported by their relatives to police totaled 15,540 in six prefectures.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 at 09:36:33 AM EST
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