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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 8:59 AM

-- Tokyo residents hoard bottled water, a day after reports that radioactive iodine in the tap water was more than twice the level considered safe for infants. Many shops in the Japanese capital ration water, milk and other products, while the government urges residents to avoid stockpiling and sends workers to distribute water to families with babies 12 months or younger. The moves come as Thursday's readings show Tokyo tap water is safe again but that elevated levels of cancer-causing iodine were found in three neighboring prefectures. Meanwhile, more workers at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant are exposed to radioactive elements, and two are hospitalized after injuring their feet while laying electric cables. The death toll from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters tops 9,800. An estimated 17,500 people are missing.


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