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Japan earthquake: Struggle of the survivors in cold conditions

16 March 2011 Last updated at 14:05 GMT

The official death toll following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is more than 3,500 but that is expected to climb to more than 10,000.

Nearly half a million people have been made homeless and are living in shelters, struggling with extremely cold conditions.

Alistair Leithead reports from some of the worst-affected coastal areas in the north of the country.