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US forces deliver aid to Japanese quake-hit areas; 44 dead

Mashiki, Japan (AP) -

About 100,000 evacuees from a pair of powerful earthquakes in Japan have been enduring chilly weather, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars.

The confirmed death toll from the twin quakes now stands at 44.

U.S. airlifts have been delivering water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies to the southern island of Kyushu. The town of Minamiaso has been partly cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Residents there marked their location with chairs aligned in a giant "SOS" while awaiting the U.S. relief flights.

Japanese broadcaster NHK has been airing image of people squatting curbside outside an evacuation center to brush their teeth with water from a green garden hose.

In other, less remote areas, utilities have had teams out fixing electricity connections, and some local supermarkets have reopened after getting their shelves back in order.

But, the damage to buildings and roads along with water and electrical outages continue to disrupt life, and a number of major manufacturers have suspended output.

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