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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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