The scale of the death and destruction following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is growing worse by the hour. 242 people have been confirmed dead and at least 200 others are believed to be dead.
On top of that, more than 740 people are missing in several prefectures in the country's northeast.
Police say 200 to 300 unidentified bodies have been found in the city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture. A tsunami made its way 10 kilometers inland from the coast. 53 people have been confirmed dead in the prefecture.
In Kesennuma City, a major fire has engulfed wide areas facing the bay. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency says the flames may have been sparked after oil ran out of a tank following a tsunami.
In Iwate Prefecture, 74 people have been confirmed dead. Police there say more than 130 are missing, mainly in coastal areas. The government says the city of Rikuzen-takata is nearly devastated.
In Fukushima Prefecture, 83 people are reported to have been killed and more than 480 are missing.
In Aomori Prefecture, 2 people are missing in Hachinohe City. The scope of the damage by a tsunami there is not yet known.
At least 28 people have been confirmed dead in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures.
In the Japanese capital, 2 people were killed after a building partially collapsed. Another 2 died from inhaling chemicals at a plant.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 09:07 +0900 (JST)