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Niigata earthquake death toll rises to eleven

A 47-year-old man who received serious burn injuries during last week’s Niigata earthquake died on Monday, marking the earthquake’s 11th casualty, the Niigata Prefecture Kashiwazaki Disaster Prevention Office revealed the same day, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

The man, who was employed by mold manufacturer Shimoda Industries, had been inside one of the company’s factories together with two others at the time of the earthquake. When the earthquake started, the factory burst into flames and the three men received burn injuries.

The man was treated at a Nagaoka city hospital in the neighboring prefecture, but died from the wounds on Monday.

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