(Subscription Only) Title: Death rates spike among elderly evacuees from Fukushima
Author: YURI OIWA
Date: January 11, 2013
[...] Researchers from the Fukushima Medical University studied reports submitted to the Fukushima prefectural government by 34 institutions for the elderly and found that the death rate over eight months in 2011 was 2.4 times that of the same period in 2010.
Furthermore, there was a spike in deaths during the three months immediately following the disaster to three times the level of a year earlier. [...]
During this period, pneumonia accounted for 40 percent of deaths, whereas it usually accounts for only 10 percent of deaths of those aged 65 or more.
The high toll was likely caused by insufficient disaster preparations and the effect on frail individuals of uncomfortable conditions in evacuation shelters.
Of all 1,770 residents living at the 34 institutions at the time of the disaster, 295 [or 16.7%] had died by the end of October 2011. An additional 32 died in the tsunami. By comparison, only 109 died in the same period in 2010. [...]
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Published: January 11th, 2013 at 11:25 am ET
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