Searchers Discover Body in Twin Japan Quakes, Raising Toll to forty-five

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 12:06 PM

Some 100.000 evacuees, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars, endured chilly weather and another large aftershock overnight that hit the southern island of Kyushu, close the city of Kumamoto.

Searchers digging in a mountainous area of southern Japan where twin earthquakes triggered landslides found another body Tuesday, raising the likely death toll to 45.

Some 100.000 evacuees, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars, endured chilly weather and another large aftershock overnight that hit the southern island of Kyushu, close the city of Kumamoto.

Several soldiers carried the body down on a plastic tray covered with an olive-green tarp. Dozens of rescue workers continued to dig through the site where a mudslide is believed to have buried several people.

Two other bodies were found late Monday. At minimum one appeared to be among the nine reported lost close the town of Minamiaso, according to Japanese media reports. The official death toll stood at forty-fourth, awaiting proof of the latest death.

After daybreak, Japanese broadcaster NHK showed people squatting at the curbside exterior an evacuation middle to brush their teeth with water from a green garden hose. The temperature was forecast to rise to twenty-three degrees C (seventy-three degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, but fall to eight degrees (forty-six F) Tuesday night.

Food and water shortages are plaguing the recovery effort, even as the look for for the lost goes on in Minamiaso.

U. S. airlifts delivered water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies to the remote area of southern Japan stricken by the two powerful earthquakes.

Ltd flights also resumed to Kumamoto Airport on Tuesday, but outbound passenger flights stay suspended because the terminal building is too damaged to handle security checks.

Nine people died in the first, size 6.4 earthquake on Thursday night, and at least thirty-six in the second quake early Saturday morning, which registered 7.3. Authorities said about 1.100 were injured. An aftershock with size 5.8 hit the area Monday evening but number further injuries were reported.

Minamiaso, a town of 12.000, was partly slice off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Residents marked their location with chairs aligned in a giant "SOS" while awaiting the U. S. relief flights, which also delivered tents and portable toilets and waste treatment kits.

The flights by two MV-22 Ospreys were a gesture of cooperation between the two allies and a chance for the U. S. military to demonstrate the utility of the tilt-rotor aircraft, whose deployment has raised controversy in Japan due to safety concerns.

The U. S. has about 50.000 troops stationed in Japan, and the American military played a large role in rescue and relief in two thousand-eleventh after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern coast of the main island of Honshu.

Tatsuyuki Aramaki, sixty, was among local residents who came from a nearby evacuation middle to look the Ospreys' arrival.

It was "hugely appreciated," Aramaki said. "We've been living on rock-hard biscuits, elderly rice balls and bread," he said. "I heard Ospreys were coming to deliver supplies for us so I'd to arrive and see. I couldn't wait."

The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey flies love an airplane but can get off and land love a helicopter, making it suited for mountainous areas love Minamiaso, said Lt. Yuichiro Inoue of the Japanese army.

The U. S. military operates twenty-four Ospreys in the southernmost islands of Okinawa, where most of its Japan-based troops are stationed. The aircraft have been vehemently criticized by local residents already miserable over the large U. S. presence there. Crashes of Ospreys have raised concerns over their safety, though the U. S. military says they are safe.

Yachiyo Fuchigami, sixty-four, suffered a broken arm when a bookshelf fell on her during the second earthquake. The first quake caused more damage in another, less remote city, Mashiki.

"The second earthquake caught us by surprise," she said. "We survived the first one and were watching the scenes in Mashiki on TV. I never thought we were going to be next."

Disruptions from damage to buildings and roads, and from outages of electricity and water supplies, were reverberating beyond Kyushu as manufacturers suspended output.

Toyota Motor Corp. is shutting most of its vehicle production in Japan over the course of this week because of parts shortages stemming from the earthquakes. Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. also temporarily halted production at some facilities.

With some quake evacuees complaining of having only rice balls and bread to eat, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his government'south handling of the crisis.

"We're doing our best," Abe told lawmakers when challenged by the opposition over the government'south relief efforts. "We're striving to make better living conditions for the people who have sought refuge."

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Emily Wang reported from Mashiki, Japan. Associated Press writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo also contributed to this report.

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This legend corrects size for second quake to 7.3 from 7.1.

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