Japan: 70% of rain casualties are elderly

70% of the casualties the rain that hit western Japan were people who were at the age of 60 or older. The heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides throughout western Japan.


171 are confirmed dead and 118 were confirmed to be elderly status. Japan’s worst weather disaster in fifty years the death toll may go higher and some sources are already saying 220 have died.


Of the 118 people listed as fatalities, 11 were in their 90’s, 33 were in their 80’s, 43 were in their 70’s and 31 were in their 60’s. Investigations, post-crisis, have found that majority of the elderly who died were living by themselves and found evacuation difficult due to the proximity of the floods to their houses.


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The death toll has now been fluctuating between 200 to 220 people as it is difficult to get a very accurate count due to the rubble and sometimes misinformation in the chaos.


In one of the prefectures that were severely hit by the storm, 48 of the 56 people were either 60 or older. In the Mabi district, where floods seemed to be at their most powerful, 90% of 40 dead were found to be in their 60s and possibly drowned in the gushing waters.


Rescuers continue to search for the missing in many other districts across the entire afflicted western side of Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said rebuilding would need special government sanctioned subsidies and help from abroad.


Abe told a congregation of disaster relief workers that they would help everyone get back to normal as municipalities were requested to speed up their disaster recovery without delay.


Such special aid has been provided for recovery in several instances such as the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016 and other flood-afflicted areas in southwestern Japan.


Reference: Elderly account for 70% of victims of torrential rains in west Japan


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