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Japan: Death Toll in Japan Earthquake Rises to 10

Xinhua News Agency


July 18, 2007

The death toll in a major earthquake in central Japan's Niigata prefecture rose to ten late Wednesday, with the finding of a man's body in the rubble. 

According to local police, the body was found under the rubble of a collapsed temple in Kashiwazaki, the most heavily-hit city in Monday's quake, where other nine victims were found dead. 

Besides, an old man is still missing in Kashiwazaki. The magnitude 6.8 quake has left over 1,000 people injured in Niigata, Nagano and Toyama prefectures. 

According to Chinese embassy in Japan, no Chinese people have been found injured during the quake. Some 450 Chinese live in the city of Kashiwazaki by the end of 2006. To assist Chinese residents, the city started airing information in Chinese through radio on Wednesday, which included instructions on drinking water and trash disposal. 

Some 10,000 people still stay in shelters in disaster areas. Basic utility services such as drinking water, electricity and gas have not been fully restored. 

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