Toll Count – Dead or Missing in Japan: 27,000

The combined number of people confirmed dead or missing in the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami on March 11 has topped 27,000, the National Police Agency said Saturday.

As of 3 p.m. the same day (6 a.m. GMT), a total of 10,418 people were killed in the 9.0-magnitude jolt and ensuing monster tsunami in 12 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, while 17,072 were still unaccounted for, the agency said.

By prefecture, the death toll stood at 6,338 in Miyagi, 3,123 in Iwate and 904 in Fukushima.

The number of the missing totaled 6,240 in Miyagi, 5,950 in Fukushima and 4,878 in Iwate.

Some 244,300 afflicted people including evacuees from areas near the quake-damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, now at the center of Japan’s worst nuclear crisis, are living in about 2,000 shelters in 17 prefectures, the agency said.

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