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Japan sets up 2000 disaster relief centers


Japan has set up 2000 relief centers around the country providing food, shelter and medicine to people made homeless by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the country faces its worst crisis since World War II, with around 1800 people drowned in floods, and authorities struggling to avert a nuclear disaster.

The Japanese government warns that the death toll could reach around 10,000.

Nearly 380,000 people living within a 20km radius of the Fukushima power plant have been evacuated, following two explosions since Friday.

Relief centers are working flat out to provide food and medical care to people in the worst-hit areas of the country, but many centers face severe supply shortages.

The city of Sendai on the northeast coast has been one of the worst hit. Piles of debris cover the streets, businesses have ground to a standstill, and water and power supplies have been shut down.


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