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Sendai, Japan (CNN) — In a nation besieged with grief over mounting casualties, fears of possible radiation and the threat of more earthquakes, the nightmare grew for Japanese residents today as thousands of bodies reportedly were found and crews struggled to keep damaged nuclear plants under control.
Friday’s 8.9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed thousands, based on official and Japanese media reports, but an exact accounting of the disaster remains hidden beneath widespread damage that rescuers are only beginning to penetrate.
The official death toll, rising every few hours, reached 1,897 today. But that didn’t account for thousands of bodies Japan’s Kyodo News said had been found in the hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture on Japan’s northeast coast. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.
At least 3,002 people were missing today, the National Police Agency said. Public broadcaster NHK reported that 450,000 people were living in shelters.

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