At least 62 people were killed in the New Year’s Day earthquakes in Japan. This is evident from a new balance sheet by the authorities.
More than 300 people were also injured, an official from the hard-hit Ishikawa region said. Many houses collapsed or burned down in towns such as Wajima, Suzu and Noto on the Noto Peninsula.
Some villages are still closed off from the outside world. Those places will be supplied with helicopters.
The search for survivors continues. However, rescue work is hampered by bad weather conditions. Authorities warned of heavy rain and possible landslides in the disaster area. Moreover, there have also been aftershocks.