Monday, June 13, 2011

Japan's Toll Update: Deaths, Missing, Homeless, Without Electricity or Running Water,

Reuters on June 11, 2011:
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DEATH TOLL * A total of 15,405 people were confirmed dead by Japan's National Police Agency as of Friday, while 8,095 were missing.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE EVACUATED * About 90,109 people were in shelters around the country as of Friday, the National Police Agency said.

The government has also set up an evacuation area around Tokyo Electric Power Co's quake-stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, with a 20-km (12-mile) radius. More than 70,000 people lived in the largely rural area within the 20 km zone. It is unclear how many of them have been evacuated, but most are believed to have left.

Another 136,000 people, who live within a zone extending a further 10 km, have been advised to stay indoors. The government has also asked people to leave certain areas beyond the 20 km exclusion zone around the plant because of accumulated radiation contamination, and that children, pregnant women, and hospitalised patients should stay out of some areas 20-30 km from the nuclear complex.

HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY * The March 11 quake and tsunami initially left millions of households in the northeast without electricity, but as of June 3 the number of homes without power had declined to 121, Tohoku Electric Power Co said.

HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT WATER * At least 58,000 households in three prefectures were without running water as of Friday, the Health Ministry said.

NUMBER OF BUILDINGS DAMAGED * At least 111,414 buildings have been fully destroyed, washed away or burnt down, the National Police Agency of Japan said as of Friday.The government estimates the material damage from the quake and tsunami alone could top $300 billion, making it by far the world's costliest natural disaster.

The top estimate would make it the world's costliest natural disaster...

Japan's government approved in April a 4 trillion yen ($49 billion) emergency budget for disaster relief in without resorting to new borrowing.

* But it is bracing for heavier reconstruction spending later this year that could amount to 10-15 trillion yen which will require issuing new bonds and, eventually, raising taxes.

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES OFFERING AID * According to the Foreign Ministry, 159 countries and 43 international organisations have offered assistance. ($1 = 80.330 Japanese Yen) (Compiled by Tokyo Political and General News Team)
Many of these countries and NGOs offered assistance without requiring payment from Japanese citizens. Read the entire article here.

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