Factbox: Japan's disaster in figures

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 5:30 AM
Factbox: Japan's disaster in figures

(Reuters) - The following lists the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the northeast coast of Japan on March 11 and the subsequent crisis at a nuclear power plant.


* A total of 11,438 people were confirmed dead by Japan's National Police Agency as of 0600 GMT (2 a.m. ET) on Thursday, while 16,541 were missing.


* More than 172,400 people were in shelters around the country as of 0600 GMT on Thursday following evacuation, the National Police Agency said.

The government has set up an evacuation area around a quake-stricken nuclear plant in the northeast with a 20-km (12-mile) radius. More than 70,000 people lived in a largely rural area within the 20 km zone. It is unclear how many of them have been evacuated, but most are believed to have left.

Another 136,000 people were within a zone extending a further 10 km in which residents are recommended to stay indoors.


* A total of 174,420 households in the north were without electricity as of 0100 GMT on Thursday, Tohuku Electric Power Co said.


At least 290,000 households in eight prefectures were without running water as of early on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.


* 16,854 buildings have been completely destroyed, the National Police Agency of Japan said as of 0600 GMT on Thursday.


The government has said it estimated damage from the earthquake and tsunami at 16 trillion to 25 trillion yen ($198 billion-$309 billion). The top estimate would make it the world's costliest natural disaster.

The estimate covers damage to roads, homes, factories and other infrastructure, but excludes lost economic activity from power outages and costs arising from damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant, as well as the impact of swings in financial markets and business sentiment.

The yen spiked to a record high against the dollar after the quake, prompting the first joint intervention by the Group of Seven rich nations in 11 years to help shield Japan's export-reliant economy.

* Japanese shares have shed about 5 percent since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and a subsequent nuclear safety crisis, triggered the biggest two-day rout in the market since 1987.

Japan's reconstruction spending will almost certainly exceed that of the 1995 quake in Kobe, when the government needed extra budgets of more than 3 trillion yen.

The government is likely to set aside 2 trillion yen ($24.3 billion) for disaster relief in its first emergency budget and aims to submit the bill to parliament in April, the Nikkei business daily has reported. Japan will probably need two more extra budgets for reconstruction and total spending may exceed 10 trillion yen, the paper added.


According to the Foreign Ministry, 134 countries and 39 international organizations have offered assistance. ($1 = 80.985 yen)

(Reporting by Yoko Nishikawa, Chisa Fujioka; Editing by Michael Perry)