Dutch dogs sniff out dozens of dead in Japan

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The Dutch sniffer dog team that has been searching for bodies in the quake and tsunami-stricken region of Japan has discovered the bodies of 15 victims. It has also marked dozens of other spots in Ofunato where corpses might be buried, according to team member Janette Kruit.

Four Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs have been scouring through the rubble with their minders in the Ofunato area of north-eastern Japan for the past six days. Ms Kruit said the whole relief operation was still very chaotic, with exhausted rescuers still sifting through the wreckage of towns and villages. Survivors are pulling out photos in the hope that a retrieved body is that of a relative.

Authorities say the death toll from Japan's 11 March earthquake and tsunami has now passed 10,000, with almost 17,500 people missing. More than a quarter of a million people are in shelters. The sniffer dog team will be returning to the Netherlands in the weekend.



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