Japan death toll estimated at 10,000, country rations electricity

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Millions of Japan's 8.9 earthquake survivors do not have drinking water, electricity or food. There are 100,000 soldiers deployed to Japan, but their force is not believed to be enough to make a dent in disaster relief efforts.

UPDATE: 9:44 PM CST 2,000 bodies found in MIyagi (CNN)

Tokyo Electric Power is rationing electricity with planned blackouts for three hours each starting on Monday. Because two of the main nuclear power plants were downed, electricity as well as nuclear fallout in the form of radiation leaks have been of grave concern in Japan and around the world.

The death toll after the earthquake and tsunami is expected to exceed 10,000 in Miyagi alone, a state of 2.3 million people. Miyagi's police chief spoke with disaster relief officials. Miyagi is one of the three hardest hit regions in Friday's quake. So far, 379 people are confirmed dead in Miyagi. Rescue efforts are underway for a ship docked in a Miyagi port. A crew of 80 are reported missing.

US forces have delivered food and water supplies by helicopter to the state of Miyagi.

1,400 deaths and 1,700 injured have been confirmed near the Fukushima power plant, but there are another 1,000 reported missing. Google has set up a search website for families looking to connect with loved ones after the devastation. 200 bodies were found along the coast near the Fukishima power plant.

Teams are searching the Japanese coastline for the missing and survivors are in emergency shelters. AP reports that 1.4 million households are without water and 2.5 million households don't have electrical power.

A major problem for rescue teams is that the many of the countryside areas are not reachable because water has surrounded them. Japan has measured amounts of fuel and water and supplies to relieve the millions affected by the disaster. In rural areas, residents rely on water wells.

Police are driving through low areas urging residents to relocate to higher ground. Rescue teams from Fairfax, Virginia and Los Angeles both with a specialized crew of 72 a piece arrives in Japan today. Teams from South Korea and Singapore are expected to arrive today also. 49 countries have mobilized relief efforts.

There are also reports that a small coastal housing district, Soma, where 2,000 people lived has been washed away and no signs of life have been found there.

In Sendai, the region at the epicenter of the quake, the human losses are between 200 to 300. In a small town of Minamisanriku, where 17,000 people lived, the town is reported to be completely wiped out and 9,500 of its residents are missing.

The 8.9 earthquake, which Japanese scientists say was a 9.0, is the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history. The impacting tsunami is said to have tripled the devastation. Bridges filled with traffic were destroyed and re-aligned as the earthquake hit. Fires are also burning. Fire has destroyed the town of Kesennuma near the state of Miyagi.

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