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Japan Death Toll Tops 9800; Hoarding Leads to Shortages

TOKYO (AP) - No milk, toilet paper, rice or water. Tokyo residents are finding empty shelves at the grocery store because radiation contamination from the crippled nuclear power plant has caused many people to hoard supplies.

Workers have been handing out bottled water to parents with infants after elevated radiation levels were detected in Tokyo's tapwater. Officials say those levels have gone down.

Meanwhile, two workers at Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant are hospitalized after stepping into contaminated water while laying electric cables in a reactor unit. They suffered radiation burns.

The workers are helping restore cooling systems to overheated reactors.

Japan's police agency says more than 9,800 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami. Another 17,500 are missing.

Those tallies may overlap, but a police spokesman from one of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimates that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone. Police in other devastated areas declined to estimate eventual tolls, but said the confirmed deaths in their areas already number about 4,100.

The National Police Agency said the overall number of bodies collected so far stood at 9,811, while 17,541 have been listed as missing.

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