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Earthquake in Japan. Over 200 dead. Snow and frost make it difficult to reach help

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The death toll from the strong earthquake in Japan has risen to 202, Japanese authorities said on Tuesday. 565 people were injured as a result of the disaster. A search and rescue operation is ongoing, which is hampered by weather conditions.

The death toll from the strong earthquake that hit the Noto Peninsula in Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year’s Day has risen to 202, local Japanese authorities reported, quoted by AFP. Earlier we wrote about 168 deaths. As a result of the cataclysm, 565 people were injured.

The number of missing persons decreased from 120 to 102, the Ishikawa regional administration said.

The search is ongoing

The search for survivors is difficult due to extensive damage, landslides and aftershocks. At the beginning of the week, the rescue operation was made even more difficult by snowfall and negative air temperatures. More snow and rain are expected over the next few days. Thousands of people remain without access to electricity and water.

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Rescue operations are underway after the earthquake in JapanPAP/EPA/JIJI PRESS

The most tragic earthquake in eight years

The 7.6-magnitude quake destroyed homes in Suzu at the tip of the peninsula and caused fires in the city of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture. It also caused damage to infrastructure in Niigata, Toyama, Fukui and Gifu prefectures.

It is the deadliest earthquake in Japan since 2016. Then 276 people died in the southwestern Kumamoto region.

PAP, Reuters, japannews.yomiuri.co.jp

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/JIJI PRESS

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