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Post-tsunami deaths outnumber disaster toll in one Japan area

Published on Feb 20, 2014 3:49 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - Health complications stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one Japanese region than the disaster itself, the local authority said Thursday.

Data compiled by officials and police show that almost three years after the huge waves smashed ashore, 1,656 people living in Fukushima prefecture have died from stress and other illnesses related to the disaster, compared with 1,607 who were killed in the initial calamity.

"The biggest problem is the fact that people have been living in temporary conditions for so long," said Hiroyuki Harada, a Fukushima official dealing with victim assistance.

"People have gone through dramatic changes of their environment. As a result, people who would not have died are dying," he said.

 
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