Interview - Japan Red Cross struggles to hand out donations

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By Yoko Kubota

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) - The Japanese Red Cross has almost $1.3 billion in donations from the public in the month after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the most it has been given for any relief campaign, but the charity is struggling to get the cash to the neediest.

March 11's magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the giant tsunami and nuclear crisis that followed left more than 27,600 dead or missing, sent 163,000 people into shelters, and destroyed infrastructure in the north of the country.

This loss of organisation is complicating the relief effort.

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