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The number of people who died alone in temporary housing in three prefectures hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters reached 188 at the end of last year, a Kyodo News tally showed, highlighting the difficulty for authorities to look after elderly survivors.

The so-called solitary deaths only numbered 16 in 2011 for the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, according to the tally based on police data.

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