Japan tsunami dead mostly older than 60

2011-04-21 10:00

Tokyo - New data from Japan's National Police Agency shows that two-thirds of the victims identified so far in last month's tsunami were elderly - and most of them drowned.

The agency said in a release this week that as of a month after the March 11 disaster 65% of the 11 108 confirmed fatalities of known age were 60-years-old or older.

Another 1 899 identified victims were of unknown age.

Adding those who are still missing, the disaster killed an estimated 27 500 people.

The agency also reported that nearly 93% of the victims had drowned. Others died from fires, being crushed or other causes.

The earthquake and tsunami hit the rural, northeastern coast where there were higher concentrations of elderly residents.