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LITTLE SISTER OF RESCUED TOT FOUND DEAD IN BURIED CAR

A 3-year-old girl buried in the rubble of an earthquake-triggered landslide in northern Japan was found dead Thursday, a day after rescuers pulled her younger brother alive from the wreckage.

Workers were still struggling to free Mayu Minagawa's body from the car where she, her mother and her brother were buried in Saturday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake, said Tetsuya Hasebe of the Niigata Prefectural government.

The death brought the toll in Saturday's earthquake to 33.

Workers rescued 2-year-old Yuta on Wednesday in a dramatic operation broadcast live on national television. Shortly afterward, they retrieved Takako Minagawa, 39, from the driver's seat but she was declared dead at a hospital.

Officials said the crash impact killed her almost immediately.

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