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62 victims from Great East Japan Earthquake still unidentified

JIJI

Sixty-two victims of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, remained unidentified as of the end of February, National Police Agency data showed Tuesday.

Fifty-two were in Iwate Prefecture and 10 in neighboring Miyagi Prefecture.

In the three hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, 99.6 percent of 15,825 victims for whom autopsies were completed have been identified based on bodily characteristics, dental records and DNA profiles. People age 65 or over accounted for more than 50 percent of the identified victims, According to the NPA.

Of all victims in the three prefectures, 90.4 percent drowned, 0.9 percent died in fires and 4.2 percent were crushed to death or died from other causes. A cause of death has not been confirmed for 703 victims.

The death toll from the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami stood at 15,895 across 12 prefectures as of March 1, up by two from the year before, while 2,539 people remain unaccounted for, according to the NPA.