Russian rescuers pull seven bodies from debris in Japan

Russians rescuers have dug out seven bodies from the debris in the disaster-struck Japanese city of Sendai, a Russian Emergencies Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Russia has sent a total of 165 rescuers to Japan. They have all been stationed in Sendai together with rescue teams from other countries.

The Russian rescuers have searched a territory of about 10 square kilometers, the spokesman said, adding that rescue work would continue.

The Japanese authorities confirmed on Wednesday that more than 13,000 people were killed or are missing as a result of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday. The number of confirmed dead stands at more than 5,100.

The disaster knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Complex, raising fears of a nuclear meltdown as blasts were reported at several reactors.


KHABAROVSK, March 17 (RIA Novosti)

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