Japanese police say the number of dead and missing from the massive quake and tsunami on March 11th has exceeded 21,000.
The National Police Agency says that as of Sunday night, more than 8,400 people had been confirmed dead and nearly 13,000 were reported missing.
In Miyagi Prefecture, 5,053 deaths have been confirmed, and 3,413 people are missing. Many coastal areas in the prefecture were devastated by the quake and tsunami. Local police say hundreds of bodies have been found on the beaches of Oshika Peninsula.
In Iwate Prefecture, 2,650 people have been confirmed dead and 5,023 people are missing.
In Fukushima Prefecture, 691 deaths have been confirmed and 4,468 people are reported missing.
Dozens of deaths have been confirmed in other prefectures, including 19 in Ibaraki, 16 in Chiba, and 7 in Tokyo.
Monday, March 21, 2011 05:34 +0900 (JST)