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Tokyo, March 14 (DPA) The toll from the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan could run into tens of thousands, officials said late Monday, as rolling blackouts plunged parts of the country into darkness.
Concerns were also rising of a meltdown at two overheating nuclear power plants, after their cooling systems failed.
The number of confirmed dead and missing after the magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami risen to 5,000, police said, as Prime Minister Naoto Kan said 15,000 people had been rescued so far.
Alone in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture, one of the areas hardest