Japan: Identify the body of a woman found ten years after the devastating tsunami

The remains of a woman missing in the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan They were recently found and have been identified, the Police announced this Friday (local time), a few days before the 10th anniversary of the catastrophe.

“On February 17, remains of a skeleton were found, including a skull” on a beach in the department of Miyagi (northeast), a local police spokesman told AFP.

The dental and DNA analyzes carried out this week by the scientific police revealed that it is Natsuko Okuyama, a 61-year-old woman who disappeared in the tragedy of March 11, 2011, said the spokesman.

The confirmed balance of the triple catastrophe of 2011 in Japan (earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident) it rose to 15,899 deaths in December 2020, according to the Japanese police.

More than 2,500 people are still missing

More than 2,500 people are still officially missing ten years later, preventing many families from grieving. his relatives whose bodies have never been found.

The local press quotes the son of Natsuko Okuyama who thanked the person who found the remains.

“I am very happy that my mother appeared on the eve of the 10th anniversary,” he said, according to the press agency. Kyodo. “This will allow me to get my emotions in order and move on.”

(With information from AFP)

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