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Japan disaster in numbers

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) March 16, 2011
The following is a list of facts and figures about the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that battered Japan's northeast coast on March 11, sparking a nuclear emergency.

DEATH TOLL: The death toll rose to 3,676 on Wednesday, the National Police Agency said. A total of 7,558 people are reported missing and 1,990 are injured, according to the latest update.

NUMBER OF EVACUEES: 556,132 people have been evacuated following the catastrophe, the fire and disaster management agency said. Many others are still stranded and cut off from aid.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT WATER OR ELECTRICITY: 1.6 million buildings are out of running water and 621,439 households without electricity, the health ministry said.

NUMBER OF BUILDINGS DAMAGED: 80,422 buildings have been damaged, including 4,798 destroyed, the fire and disaster management agency said.

IMPACT ON ECONOMY: Tokyo shares closed up 5.68 percent Wednesday on bargain-hunting following a huge two-day selloff.

- Japanese shares had plunged 10.55 percent on Tuesday on a wave of panic-selling after Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned that radiation leaked from the quake-hit plant had reached levels that posed a threat to health.

- It was the biggest one-day fall since the Lehman crisis in 2008 at the beginning of the global financial downturn, compounding Monday's 6.18 percent tumble.

- The Bank of Japan has so far pumped 28 trillion yen ($346 billion) into money markets.

- With rolling power cuts planned, many major companies from carmakers to tech firms have suspended production.

- Singapore bank DBS estimated the quake and tsunami would cost Japan's economy $100 billion, equivalent to about two percent of its gross domestic product.

FOREIGN AID: 112 countries and regions, along with 23 international organisations, have offered aid, the foreign ministry said. It did not reveal the amount in money terms.




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