Japan tsunami death toll reaches 7,197, temporary houses being built

By on Mar 19, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Updated: March 20, 2011 8:41 p.m.

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The Japan earthquake-tsunami death toll reaches to 7,197, as thousands are being unaccounted for, the National Police Agency told reports on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

According to Kyodo News, the confirmed casualties of the twin disaster that hit Japan on March 11 have already reached 7,197 as of Saturday noon, while 10,905 are missing or unaccounted for.

Around 3,000 bodies have been identified and half of them have been returned to their families, while approximately 387,000 evacuees are now staying at 2,200 shelters nationwide.

As search and rescue operations are still going on, nearly 200 temporary houses are being built in Rikuzentakata city, Iwate Prefecture, which has been reported to be badly hit by earthquake and tsunami, eight days ago.

These houses were started to be built on Saturday, each of them measuring about 30-square meter each with two to three people can be accommodated, while date of completion is not yet known.

”We need to go forward.” Mayor Futoshi Toba told the construction workers, as the temporary houses will be placed in the grounds of a high school campus.

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