• Kyodo


More than 90 percent of the people confirmed dead in the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster in the most severely hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima died from drowning, while over 65 percent of them were aged 60 or older, according to the National Police Agency.

Those in their 70s comprised the largest share of the victim total at 24.0 percent, it said. The tally illustrates that many seniors failed to escape the disaster on time and were trapped by the tsunami.

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