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Japan death toll expected to reach 19,000

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Fukushima, Japan (AP) -- Japanese authorities say bodies are being found in cars, rivers and in the streets, but post tsunami recovery work is being hampered by radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear complex.

Police in white moon suits fitted with Geiger counters are struggling to reach hundreds of bodies as authorities increasingly turn to other nations help stabilize the plant and stem the tide of radiation.  International experts and robots are in Japan or on their way.

Authorities declined to say how many bodies might still be buried in the evacuation zone, but local media have estimated hundreds remain.

There also are concerns about the disposal of bodies since Japanese tend to cremate their dead, and fires can spread radiation.

It's estimated the death toll will eventually hit 19,000 people.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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