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Death toll over 8,000 in Japan


TOKYO (WKOW) -- The total number of dead after Japan's earthquake and tsunami hit just over a week ago now stands at nearly 8,200. 

Officials say they expect that number to rise soon as more of the nearly 13,000 missing persons are confirmed to be dead. Some say the number of dead may even double in the near future.

Search and rescue efforts have been hampered in some parts of Japan by snowfall.

The cold is also of concern those displaced by the disaster who are currently living in shelters across the county.  Many of the displaced are elderly, according to a spokesperson for the Red Cross.




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