Death toll in Japan expected to reach over 10,000 – police

Devastation after the massive earthquake

TOKYO (BNO NEWS) — The death toll continues to rapidly rise following Japan’s massive 9.0 earthquake last week as the country’s National Police Agency said more than 10,000 were expected to be dead or reported missing.

According to authorities, 2,475 people have been confirmed dead and 3,611 remain missing, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported, but with hundreds or even thousands of bodies being washed up in the Japan’s northeast coast, police believe the death toll could rise to over 10,000.

Thousands of survivors have taken refuge where possible as approximately 1,300 people were found stranded on the island of Oshima, Miyagi Prefecture.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, more than 2,500 shelters have been housing around 520,000 people. However, shortages of blankets and food is being experienced, especially in the Tohuku region where cold midwinter temperatures are being forecasted for the week.

Fuel and medicine shortages at hospitals have medical personnel worried as many wounded have been unable to receive adequate treatment. A shortage of coffins is also being experienced with the high number of fatalities.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that as of Monday night, almost 73,000 buildings have been destroyed or damaged.

Search and rescue efforts, which include 100,000 deployed Japanese troops, are facing difficulties as well with much of Japan’s transport infrastructure damaged.

Furthermore, radiation levels continue to rise with Tokyo registering around 20 times normal levels on Tuesday morning, authorities said. However, they assured that no immediate risk to human health was posed.

Since Friday’s earthquake, four of the six reactors located in Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, have experienced hydrogen explosions and a major leak was found on Tuesday.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 15, 2011

    after all of this u people still think that God is real?? wow what a loving God letting all those poor people die, leaving kids with no mother and fathers and destroying people hard earned lifestyle.. he must really love us. u guys are like women who say that their men beat them to show his love… nice day all

    • u
      March 15, 2011

      if u don’t have any thing to say then don’t say nothing at all. u don;t have good head.

    • teen
      March 15, 2011

      stop questionin god’s motives ok that really wrong u aint makin sense this can happen to any country in the world look at wat a hurricane david did to dominica its natural didsasters stupes man

    • possie pple
      March 16, 2011

      you fool!!!

    • Can't believe you really exist...
      March 16, 2011

      Get hold of a Bible, read the entire book of Revelations. For that matter read John 3:16. Man…are you serious?

      • Muslim_Always
        March 16, 2011

        Don’t do that, do not call anonymous a fool. Many atheists and agnostics use this in their reasoning to understand about this Supreme Being we believe in. Thus we need to discuss this professionally and academically.

        @ Anonymous: We believe that the Most High does not oppress a single soul, however, we oppress ourselves. Earthquakes, pestilence, volcanoes etc. has been from time memorial. From a scientific point of view, we agree that oil for example is made from the fossils of decayed plants and animals that has been trapped underground millions of years. Could it be anonymous that the Most High has a greater plan that we may not be able to see? Or that he may intend for Japan to have maybe not oil but a different product for our use which scientists may discover in the very location this earthquake and tsunami occured?

        How about a trip to the dentist? A times the dentist does an extraction that causes so much discomfort, however, in a few days or weeks time, improvement is shown in the person’s life. The point here is great sacrifices and discomforts occurs for greater benefit for the future.

        Let’s look at a volcano, it erupts and destroys people, livestock etc, however it is scientifically proven that volcanic larva etc adds richness to the soil, it is known for the formation of islands. Though many people may die, the new island may be inhabited later on by different people or the very same people who felt distressed by the volcano.

        There are many practical examples of this, in order to succeed at this, we need to look at this in a positive light particularly when we cannot see the future. Similiarly, when we place our money into the bank, we hope that it is secured and this is called trust. These characteristics of virtues are placed within us that far supercedes the materialistic philosophy of life. Just as Natural Sciences have tools and principles, the spiritual world has its tools and scientific rudiments as welll.

        I hope you understand where I am coming from anonymous.

  2. Anonymous
    March 15, 2011

    God be with you guys. I am praying for you. Cause it could have happen to us here in Dominica also.

  3. funnyface27
    March 15, 2011

    My sincerest condolences to all Japanese people in Japan and around the world.

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