Japan's National Police Agency has stated that over 10,000 have died after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As of Saturday there have been 10,151 bodies recovered. That number is expected to rise with about 17,000 people still unaccounted for.
Of the survivors 250,000 are still in evacuation centres unsure when they will be able to safely return home.
It has been announced that the radiation readings of 10 millions times above normal from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was not accurate. BBC reports although the actual reading was wrong the levels were high enough that workers had to be evacuated. The levels have been confirmed to be at 1,000 millisieverts an hour in puddles near the reactor 2. Workers near the puddle would have been receiving in just one hour four times the yearly dose of radiation.
Sea water collected 330 meters south of the plant was tested with iodine 131 in excess of 1,250 times regulated standards the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced on Saturday reports Inlandnewstoday.com.
Residents in Fukushima prefecture have been asked not to eat 11 types of green leaf vegetables. PressTV.ir reports:
Members of the Fairfax County, Va., Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue search structures and debris in northeast Japan
In a televised address on the issue of radiation leak, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, "The current situation is still very unpredictable. We're working to stop the situation from worsening. We need to continue to be extremely vigilant."
Hindustantimes.com has reported that 56 hospital patients have died due to inadequate care in the hardest hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
The crematoriums in some regions are so overwhelmed that bodies are being buried. Cremation is the traditional way of burial in Japan.
Japan's government has estimated that the damage cost of the tsunami and magnitude-9 earthquake to be $197 billion to $308.5 billion.