March 15, 2011 / 11:46 AM / 7 years ago

Factbox: Japan disaster in figures

<p>The bodies of victims are covered by blankets at a village destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won</p>

(Reuters) - The following is a list of the likely impact of and response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, and subsequent crisis at nuclear power plants.


-- The death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, with northeastern prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima most severely hit. More than 3,000 people were confirmed dead, but officials still cannot reach more than 15,000 people to confirm whether they are safe, Japan’s NHK public broadcaster says.


-- Around 500,000 people have been evacuated from 10 prefectures, Mainichi newspaper says. Hundreds of people are waiting for help in isolated areas and have no access to food.


-- More than 76,000 buildings have been damaged, including at least 6,300 completely destroyed, NHK says.


-- Citigroup expects 5-10 trillion yen in damage to housing and infrastructure, while Barclays estimates economic losses of 15 trillion yen ($183.7 billion) or 3 percent of Japan’s GDP.

UBS expects Japan’s economy to grow 1.4 percent this year, compared with its previous forecast of 1.5 percent expansion. But it upgraded its growth forecast for 2012 to 2.5 percent, up from the previous estimate of 2.1 percent.

-- As concern about the crippling economic impact of the nuclear and earthquake disasters mounted, the Nikkei share average closed down 10.55 percent on Tuesday, while broader TOPIX share index lost 9.5 percent -- both the worst single-day slides since the global selloff after the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008.

-- The Tokyo Stock Exchange’s first section, made up of the country’s biggest companies, has lost about $626 billion in market capitalization this week.


-- According to Japanese foreign ministry, 102 countries and 14 international organizations have offered assistance.

($1=81.66 Yen)

Compiled by Yoko Nishikawa; Editing by Daniel Magnowski

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