3 May 2011

DNA database to help identify tsunami victims

11:05 pm on 3 May 2011

Police in Japan will set up a DNA database to help identify the bodies of those killed in a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

National broadcaster NHK says police will collect DNA samples from the belongings of people still listed as missing and from their relatives, AFP reports.

Thousands of bodies have been retrieved from rubble, swamps and beaches since the magnitude 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami ravaged the country's north-eastern coastline on 11 March.

More than 10,800 people are still listed as missing, with 14,728 confirmed dead.