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Updated: March 13, 2011 16:07 IST

Death toll in Japan’s Miyagi may exceed 10,000

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Members of a family walk through a devastated urban area in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan Sunday.
AP Members of a family walk through a devastated urban area in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan Sunday.

Police in Japan’s north-eastern Miyagi prefecture said they had estimated the death toll in Miyagi to exceed 10,000. Miyagi is one of the areas worst affected by a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Friday.

Miyagi police spokesman Go Sugawara said on Sunday that the prefecture’s police chief told a gathering of disaster relief officials that his estimate for deaths in the prefecture was more than 10,000.

There were only 379 officially confirmed deaths in Miyagi out of a total of 801 as of Sunday afternoon.

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