The number of deaths officially recognized as related to the twin disasters but coming after March 11 has reached 1,331 in five prefectures, exceeding the 921 recorded after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995.

According to a survey by Kyodo News, 621 of the deaths were in Fukushima, 554 in Miyagi, 133 in Iwate, 22 in Ibaraki and one in Saitama.

The data were collected from the five prefectural governments and municipal governments in the prefectures over the last few weeks.