More than 1,500 people are confirmed dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on Friday. Miyagi Prefecture has confirmed 643 deaths in Higashi-matsushima, Kesen-numa and Sendai cities.
In Arahama, Wakabayashi ward in Sendai city, 200 to 300 bodies were discovered on the beaches. They are believed to be of people who were swept away by the tsunami. Recovery operations are being hampered by the scale of wreckage.
In the coastal town of Minami-Sanriku, most private homes and other structures have been washed away. About 10,000 people, or more than half the total population of 17,000, remain missing.
Miyagi prefectural police say the death toll in their prefecture alone is almost certain to exceed 10,000.