March 22, 2011 / 3:45 AM / 8 years ago

Official death toll from Japan quake & tsunami tops 9,000: Kyodo

Rescue workers make their way through a sea of debris as they search for victims of a tsunami in devastated Rikuzentakat March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

TOKYO (Reuters) - The official death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier in the month has now exceeded 9,000, Kyodo news agency quoted the national police as saying on Tuesday.

Domestic media has reported over 20,000 people have died or are still unaccounted for.

Kazunori Takada

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