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90% of Disaster Casualties Drowned


Offbeat  (tags: Japan, March 11, earthquake-tsunami disaster, drowned, more than 90%, elderly, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, deaths )

Naoko
- 1217 days ago - search.japantimes.co.jp
More than 90 percent of the people confirmed dead in the March earthquake-tsunami disaster in the most severely hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima died from drowing, while over 65 percent of them were aged 60 or older, acording to the NPA.



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Dandelion G. (385)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 6:46 pm
That is a fact that is played out over and over that of drowning in major disasters. The Elders do not have the strength or the fortitude to fight the forces that they needed to. Very sad.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 12:56 am
VERY SAD
 

Judith H. (27)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 12:21 pm
Yes, very sad.
 

KrassiAWAY B. (175)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 12:49 pm
Terrible statistics.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 1:36 pm
The elderly moved away form the cities and it seems that they had developed senior housing or developments in that area. Anyone else read that. Certainly nobody's fault and no time to elude the tsunami. Hope they did not suffer much as drowning is pretty quick once oxygen shut off, but those who got tossed around and slammed into houses and had time to fear and fight must have had a horrible death. May God be gentle with them all. They raised the adults of today.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 4:24 pm
This is such a tragedy. I am so sorry for the Japanese peoples' losses.
 

wendi huffman (4)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 5:17 pm
sad!:(
 

Rossy Osborne (0)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 10:03 pm
It must have been horrifying and for their families left behind, a mental torment.
God bless them all.
 

. (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:33 am
What a horrible way to go.
 

Shirley E. (19)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:56 am
Drowning or getting crushed to death, I'm not sure one sounds more appealing than the other! It is just really sad that so many people have to die in such circumstances. When it comes to cruelty, Mother Nature's in a class of her own!
 

Klaus Peters (10)
Friday April 22, 2011, 11:22 am
I am 71 and am upset that so many elderly people were so vulnerable and were drowned or crushed. I lived in Japan for 2 months some years ago and made many friends and also started to understand Japanese mentality. It was the biggest lesson of my life to understand a culture so disciplined, being of German background I appreciated that. Nippon, you will recover to your former glory, never give up, never loose face, arigato for the best time I had in Japan. I took over a walking stick half way up Fuji San from an old man who had given up in bad weather. He handed me his stick and I completed the little medals at every station to the top. Coming down to the base camp with a completed walking stick, we met again over a cup of otcha (green tea) and eventually he accepted his dream of a life time, a completed walking stick to the top of Fuji San. My last wish is to climb Fuji San again, but this time I am old like my Japanese friend and will not be able to do it on my own. But it is my last wish. Fuji San is one of the most beautifull of God's creations on this earth, once you stand on top of it you are so close to heaven and I want to be there once more. But to be honest, Fuji San looks much better from the ground without all the rubbish having being dumped in its wake. Especially coke cans. No matter what, I will try another last effort not to conquer, but just to pay respect to one of God's most beautiful creations.
 

Naoko I. (262)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:18 pm
Thanks Klaus...I cried reading your comment.
 

William Y. (54)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 12:07 am
Terrible
 
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