People in Japan Without Electricity

More than 1.7 million homes in eastern and northeastern Japan remained without power Sunday night, after a massive earthquake hit the region Friday.

The total number of homes without electricity declined from over 2.1 million in seven prefectures such as Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> and Tohoku Electric Power Co. <9506>.

Electricity supply has been restored in Niigata, Akita and Yamagata prefectures after 6,600 workers were mobilized for restoration, according to Tohoku Electric that serves the Tohoku northern region, which was hit hardest by the 9.0-magnitude quake.

The Japan Gas Association said gas supply seemed to be halted at 440,000 homes in cities such as Sendai of Miyagi and Hitachi of Ibaraki.

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone East Corp., a unit of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. <9432>, said its fixed-line phone services remain unavailable for some 875,500 subscribers, mainly in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.

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