» Afghan War in sharp contrast: Part of the reason for the lack of troop deaths in Iraq is that the war in Afghanistan has picked up. There, it was a record month where 66 Americans died — a total which was much higher than it would’ve been due to the deadly Chinook helicopter crash that killed 30 highly-specialized troops.
» A huge relief budget, still not enough: The city of Sendai, which is roughly the center point of the quake and Tsunami, has gathered an extra budget of roughly $220 million. Even that will likely not be enough. “No one believes this will be enough to cope with reconstruction,” said a Sendai city spokesperson. “This disaster will cause severe damage to city finances.”
The situation here is just beyond belief, almost everything has been flattened. The government is saying that 9,500 people, more than half of the population, could have died and I do fear the worst.International Red Cross Federation official Patrick Fuller • Describing the situation in Otsuchi, just one of the many towns hit by the earthquake in Japan. Death toll estimates are expected to far exceed 10,000 people, and thousands of bodies have already been found. Remember how we gave that warning about early death toll estimates? This was why. source (via • follow)
* Editor’s note: Please take heed of the note we made last night on death tolls for the current quake. The devastation is just too wide for specific numbers right now.
* – Why we’re wary of the death toll numbers: The dramatic scale of this disaster does not encourage firm estimates, so we’d like to offer these numbers, which some of our readers have asked for, with a warning: They’re subject to change. This incident is far too huge to offer hard statistics right now. For example: Police in Sendai said that there were 200-300 bodies on the shore at least. Considering the scope of the disaster in Sendai alone, it’s entirely possible that many more will be found. Maybe in a few days we’ll have a better idea.