Politics & Policy

A Death Toll of 25,000?

While the confirmed death toll is so far only 4,340 with another 9,000+ missing, reports from the towns of Ishinomaki and Minamisanriku, both of which have over half their population listed as missing, could push the count to 25,000.

The terrible toll of Japan’s double disaster became clearer today as it emerged as many as 25,000 people could be dead.

As rescue crews trawled through mile after mile of tsunami-stricken wasteland, officials from the coastal town of Ishinomaki confirmed that 10,000 of their citizens were missing.

The unimaginable figure is the same given as in the town of Minamisanriku, also in Miyagi state, which lost around half its population when it was razed to the ground by the 20 foot high wall of water.

So far the official death tool has hit 4,340 with another 9,083 people missing. But there were very real fears tonight that the statistics were a terrible underestimate of those who perished in the tsunami.

Full story here.

Nat Brown — Nat Brown is a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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