A panel including doctors and lawyers on Tuesday recognized 30 deaths as being indirectly caused by the Jan. 1 Noto Peninsula earthquake, in addition to the 245 people who died in the disaster.

The five-member panel, commissioned by the Ishikawa Prefectural Government, held its first meeting Tuesday. The families of more than 100 deceased people have filed for such recognition.

Condolence funds of ¥5 million, or ¥2.5 million in the case of those who didn't earn an income, will be provided to the families of people found to have died from indirect causes linked to the disaster.